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1 Make a difference Welcome A Level Media Studies

2 Introduction to OCR Introduction to Media Studies Why change to our specification? Support and training Next steps Contents

3 About OCR Part of Europe’s largest assessment agency, Cambridge Assessment UK’s leading awarding body Over 13,000 centres choose our qualifications Qualifications are developed in consultation with teachers

4 OCR’s Mission Our commitment is to provide qualifications which engage learners of all ages whether at school, college, in work and part time training programmes so they achieve their full potential make a difference PracticalAccessibleInnovative and exciting

5 Our Credentials Leading the way with new ideas Dedicated to offering respected qualifications Engaging and relevant qualifications Comprehensive support framework

6 Media Studies Credentials Our Media Studies entries have increased by 6% between 2006 and 2007 Leading the way for over 7 years Continuous dialogue and consultation with the industry Favoured by specialist media teachers

7 Key points of the specification Modern content Learners are ready for media industry roles Combines theory and practical work Uses the latest technology

8 Media Studies | AS Structure G321 Foundation Portfolio in Media In this coursework unit, learners engage with contemporary media technologies, producing two paired media artefacts from a series of briefs. This process involves progression from a pre-production, preliminary exercise to a more fully realised piece. The briefs covered print, video, audio and websites Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting

9 Media Studies | AS Structure G322 Key Media Concepts (TV Drama) G323: Key Media Concepts (Radio Drama) Centres choose one of the two units above/ These papers cover textual analysis and representation alongside institutions and audiences. In section A, learners answer questions on an unseen moving image extra (G322) or an unheard audio extract (G323) which is then linked to some aspect of the representation within the sequence. In section B, common to both papers, they study a specific media industry from a choice of film, music, newspapers, radio, magazines or video games. Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting

10 Media Studies | A2 Structure G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media In this coursework unit, learners engage with Contemporary media technologies to produce a media Portfolio through a combination of two or more media. Then they present their research, planning and evaluation in two or more forms including PowerPoint, blog and podcast. This is a development of the skills they learn in unit one. Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting

11 Media Studies | A2 Structure G325 Critical Perspectives in Media This paper covers theoretical evaluation or production alongside a study of contemporary media issues. In section A, learners describe and evaluate their skills development in their production work and then select one production to evaluate in relation to a media concept. In section B, they choose one topic and demonstrate their understanding of a contemporary issue through a range of texts, institutions, audiences and debates. Examples of contemporary media issues include global media, media in the online age, ‘we media’ and democracy. Two questions are offered on each topic. Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting

12 Stretch and Challenge Stretch and Challenge is a new QCA initiative for A Levels: Included in A2 assessment Reflected in the style of question asked which invite a greater variety of thinking Questions are structured to show more connections between different sections of the specification Extended writing is encouraged in all subjects (except Maths0 A wider range of question types – like case studies and open ended questions More synoptic assessments – exploring connections between different areas and levels of a subject

13 What’s in it for you? Easy to administer Rewarding to deliver Flexibility in teaching topics that match your interests

14 What’s in it for your learners? Enjoyable and motivational Stretch and challenge opportunities

15 What’s in it for your school? More learner enrolments Good progression routes into HE/FE

16 Support Overarching schemes of work and sample lesson plans E-community Exemplar candidate work Coursework guidance documents Past papers online for you to download Exam quest More INSET Annual Media conference

17 Support Our publishing partner Hodder Education has produced further resources to support the specifications. These booked are specifically tailored to the new specification

18 Next Steps Book training events – Bookmark website for further information/future updates –

19 Other qualifications GCSE Media Studies iMedia Creative and Media Diploma OCR Nationals in Media


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