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Media studies

Media studies - A level

Year 12 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Explore media terminology and concepts.
  • Explore representations, institutions, and audience
  • Commence work on MEST2 creating media coursework.

ASSESSMENT

Terminology and media concepts test.

HOMEWORK

Independent study of new concepts and terminology.
MEST2 creating media production work.

Term 1.2
  • Analyse unseen texts in preparation for MEST1 Section A exam.
  • Explore Institutions, Ideologies and Values.
  • Finalise all pre-production research and style model analysis for MEST1 creating media coursework.

ASSESSMENT

MEST1 Section A exam practice.

HOMEWORK

On-going independent study of new concepts, material and terminology.
MEST2 creating media production work.

Term 2.1
  • Explore the case study content for Section B of the MEST1 exam.
  • Continue development of MEST2 creating media coursework.
  • Analyse the Institutions and Ideologies behind key media texts.

ASSESSMENT

MEST1 exam practice.

HOMEWORK

On-going independent study of new concepts, material and terminology.
MEST2 creating media production work.

Term 2.2
  • Review understanding of MEST1 Section B case study exam preparation work.
  • Finalise the productions required for the MEST2 coursework.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your MEST2 Creating Media productions.

ASSESSMENT

MEST1 practice exam papers.
Final MEST2 coursework submit

HOMEWORK

Revision and independent study for MEST1 exam.
Completion of additional work on MEST2 coursework.

Term 3.1
  • Revise terminology and key concepts in preparation for the MEST1 exam.
  • Explore media forms, representations, audience and institutions in relation to key media texts.
  • Explore additional MEST1 Section B case study on the music industry.

ASSESSMENT

MEST1 exam practice.

HOMEWORK

Revision and independent study for MEST1 exam, particularly in relation to the additional case study on the music industry.

Term 3.2
  • Analyse representations in the media as a bridging task for Year 13.
  • Produce a podcast on a topic or theme within media studies that reflects your understanding of the subject and industry.
  • Explore the MEST4 coursework project which will be undertaken in Year 13.

ASSESSMENT

Podcast production project

HOMEWORK

Podcast production: recordings; research; audio manipulation work.

Year 13 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Explore the theme of 'identities' in the case study for MEST3 Section B.
  • Analyse the 'north east' as an example of a MEST3 case study.
  • Explore the impact of "new media".

ASSESSMENT

Representations of the north east essay.

HOMEWORK

Independent research of the representation of the north east in as many different media platforms and texts as possible.

Term 1.2
  • Commence work on the MEST4 critical investigation.
  • Continue exploration of the impact of "new media".
  • Explore key media concepts required at A2, such as Effects Theory, Reception Theory, Postmodernism, Star Theory, Gender

ASSESSMENT

Impact of new media essay.
Winter progress exam.

HOMEWORK

Revision and independent study of the key media concepts introduced this term.

Term 2.1
  • Complete practical work for MEST4 project.
  • Examine MEST3 Section A comparing texts module.
  • Explore audience and institutions via media debates and textual analysis work.

ASSESSMENT

MEST4 coursework practical work.

HOMEWORK

MEST4 coursework research and production work for practical element.
On-going revision and independent study of key concepts and terminology.

Term 2.2
  • Explore the MEST3 Section B new case study.
  • Research and analyse individual Identity Case Study.
  • Finalise and submit all MEST4 coursework, including the essay and the productions.

ASSESSMENT

MEST4 critical investigation coursework.
Spring progress exam.

HOMEWORK

MEST4 critical investigation coursework.
On-going revision and independent study of key concepts and terminology.

Term 3.1
  • Revise key concepts and terminology required for the MEST3 exam.
  • Finalise work on the MEST3 Section B case study.
  • Practise exam skills for Section A and Section B of MEST3.

ASSESSMENT

MEST3 practice exam paper.

HOMEWORK

Additional practice exam papers for MEST3 to be done as homework as well.
On-going revision and independent study of key concepts and terminology.

Term 3.2
  • Revise identity case study.
  • Revise new media case study.
  • Wider reading, via the media, of current stories in the press about the media.

ASSESSMENT

Mest 3 past paper

HOMEWORK

Mest 3 past paper
Wider reading
Revision