Curriculum: 6th Form

6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 13 Media Studies
Term 1Component 3: Cross-media production (NEA)   
Component 3 involves one cross-media production in two forms for an intended audience. Students will have to cover media language, representations, audiences and media industries (including digital convergence). The Statement of Aims & Intentions should be of 500 words approximately. The following forms will always be set: - Television - Advertising & marketing (music or film) - Magazines The exam board will stipulate the industry and audience contexts, and specific key requirements to be included in the production. Learners will develop a response to their chosen brief and create a production in a genre of their choice for the specified industry context and intended audience. Teacher review Re-shooting/re-drafting as necessary. Final editing/design/polish of entire cross-media production. Submission of cross media production – w/c 22nd October
Assessment: Component 3: cross-media production (non-exam assessment 30%) Component 3 draws on the knowledge and understanding of the theories framework and the analytical skills developed in components 1 and 2, through the practical application of knowledge and understanding in a media product. Internally assessed and externally moderated. Create individual media production work for an intended audience, applying knowledge and understanding of: - Media language - Representation - Audiences - Media industries Statement of Aims & Intentions to explain how the learner intends to respond to the brief, apply knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and target the intended audience. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Component 2 Section B: Television   
Students will deconstruct ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘The Bridge’ (Sweden/Denmark) as part of the Television examination set texts. In this unit, students will explore • the way events, issue, individuals (including self-representation) and social groups (including social identity) are represented through processes of selection and combination; the way the media through re-presentation construct versions of reality • how genre conventions are socially and historically relative, dynamic and can be used in a hybrid way • the significance of the varieties of ways in which intertextuality can be used in the media. As well as this, students will explore: • Processes of production, distribution and circulation by organisations, groups and individuals in a global context • the specialised and institutionalised nature of media production, distribution and circulation • the relationship of recent technological change and media production, distribution and circulation • the significance of patterns of ownershi
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Component 1 Section B: Radio and Video games   
Students will cover the Industry and Audience section of the Component 1 examination, with particular focus on the Radio set text – ‘Late Night Woman’s Hour’ – and the Video Games set text – ‘Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation’. They will explore: • processes of production, distribution and circulation by organisations, groups and individuals in a global context • the specialised and institutionalised nature of media production, distribution and circulation • the relationship of recent technological change and media production, distribution and circulation • the significance of patterns of ownership and control, including conglomerate ownership, vertical integration and diversification • the significance of economic factors, including commercial and not-for-profit public funding, to media industries and their products • the impact of digitally convergent media platforms on media production, distribution and circulation, including individual producers • how media producers target audiences
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Component 2 Section C: Online media   
Students will prepare for Section C of the Component 2 examination by exploring a blog – ‘Zoella’ – and an online magazine – ‘Attitude’. Websites and blogs are, by their very nature, dynamic and updated to respond to industry and audience needs. Learners are required to study the following elements of their chosen websites and blogs: • the design of the home page, including its use of images and topical material • links to other content, including audio-visual material such as the relevant YouTube channel, vlog etc. • interactive links, including to social and participatory media. Students will explore: • how the different modes and language associated with different media forms communicate multiple meanings • how developing technologies affect media language • the codes and conventions of media forms and products, including the processes through which media language develops as a genre • the dynamic and historically relative nature of genre • the processes through which meanings are establish
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Exam revision   
This unit will focus on preparation for both Component 1 and Component 2 examination. Component 1: • Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation (45 marks) • Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences (45 marks) Component 2: • Section A: Television in the Global Age (30 marks) • Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media (30 marks) • Section C – Media in the Online Age (30 marks)
Assessment: Full SAM exam papers for both Component 1 and Component 2.Key Words and Terms
 

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