Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 13 MEDIA STUDIES Curriculum Leader: Ms N Hazell This course helps you to explore various relationships with the media. As a ‘consumer’ you will become more aware of the many ways in which media messages are presented to us, as well as discovering how the institutions which produce and distribute media products are trying to reach you. If you want a career in media, producing and evaluating your own media products will give you a hands-on understanding of how both media messages are created and what they are aiming to communicate. This qualification is a new linear course. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of two years.You will study the following core concepts: 1. Media language 2. Media representation 3. Media industries 4. Media audiences Assessment Paper 1 is a written exam: 2 hours and it will make up 35% of the A Level. Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media. A topic will be released in advance of the exam. Students will be expected to use any relevant elements of the theoretical framework in order to explore the ideas in the paper. Paper 2 is a written exam: 2 hours and it will make up 35% of the A Level. Questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products (CSPs) provided by AQA and other products they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created. Non-examAssessment – creating a media product: Makes up 30% of the A Level. Students produce a statement of intent and media products across media platforms. A choice of topics will be provided by the exam board each year. MUSIC Curriculum Leader: Ms P Cairns Component 1:Appraising Music What’s assessed? • Listening • Analysis • Contextual understanding How it’s assessed Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music. Questions • Section A: Listening • Section B: Analysis • Section C: Essay This component is worth 40% of AS marks and 40% of A Level marks. Component 2: Performance What’s assessed • Music performance How it’s assessed Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music production. A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required.This component is worth 30% of AS marks and 35% of A Level marks. Component 3: Composition What’s assessed • Composition How it’s assessed • Composition 1: Composition to a brief • Composition 2: Free composition A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required (no more than six minutes). This component is worth 30% of AS marks and 25% of A Level marks. Additional information Students will study, perform and compose music in a variety of genres from classical to pop.Techniques studied should be reflected in the students’ compositions and performances.

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