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AS/A2 Media Studies AS/A2 Film Studies 2012 Entry

Film and Media

1987-2012

Develop your skills in Film/Media theory and practice

Friendly and approachable teachers

Lessons are dynamic and engaging

Computer suite with Apple Mac computers running industry specific software

Classroom and viewing room with multi-media projection facilities

Digital cameras and editing suite

Opportunities for various trips and visits as well as workshops and lectures

You will acquire many valuable qualities and skills that will prepare you for a wide range of higher education courses and careers

25 Years of inspiring individuals

1987-2012 25 Years of inspiring individuals

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Emma’s Perspective The practical coursework in Media is what I enjoy most about the subject. It is very interesting and you gain a lot of new skills through using different software. In Media you are given a lot of creative freedom to develop your own ideas. After I leave Carmel I am aiming to go to university to study Graphic Design or Creative Writing.

AS/A2 Media Studies Exam Board AQA Why choose Media Studies at Carmel? The Media plays such an important role in our society today and this is reflected in the popularity of Media Studies at Advanced Level. At Carmel we aim to give you more of an idea of the power of the Media in your life, the impact it has on you in social, political and economic contexts. We aim to deliver an interesting, challenging and above all enjoyable course, which will inform, enthuse and illuminate. What will the course involve? The course investigates the ways in which different media such as newspapers, documentaries, advertising, film and internet influence the way we see and think about the world we live in.

Emma Rittenberg Knowsley Park Centre For Learning Studying: Media Studies, Film Studies, Combined English, History, Spanish

You are bombarded by different media texts on a daily basis and, without knowing, you are highly skilled in interpreting and decoding the messages they include. It could be said that society and the way we live has, to a certain extent, been determined by the media which operates in our world. In response to this you will study the numerous debates and issues surrounding media production in our society today: •

• •

Do sex and violence in the mediums of film and television affect us? Does the news really tell us the truth? Who owns and controls our

media and how much power do they really have on national and global levels? Can we actually be manipulated into changing our behaviour through the medium of advertising? The role and importance of New Media Technologies in society today.

It is hoped that through studying the media you will become more informed regarding its power and possible effects it has on society and you as an individual. How will I be assessed? The AS and A2 assessment involves 50% coursework and 50% examination. The A2 coursework module will be taken in January. All other modules will be examined in the June series. Where does this course lead? Because Media Studies develops so many skills, you are attractive to employers in a wide range of people-orientated careers. A Media Studies qualification will enable you to study Media Studies in Higher Education at HND or degree level or contribute towards the points needed for entry to a range of other degrees in other subjects. Students who have gained Media at Advanced Level have gone onto careers/courses in IT, Media Production, Journalism, Public Relations, Business and Management to name a few!

What support will I receive?

Meet the Staff Kath Hopkins Head of Media Studies and Senior Moderator for AQA Paul Morrow Head of Film Studies Leanne Brownbill Film and Media Tutor, Examiner for AQA Media Studies Francis Gilbert Film and Media Tutor

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Every student will have access to extra tutorials run by the experienced staff; these may be to enhance existing knowledge or just to give extra support to you if you have been absent or if you are finding a topic difficult to access. In the build up to examinations regular revision sessions are offered to you to ensure you are fully prepared. All students have access to the dedicated computer suite when it is not being used for classes. Tutors are approachable and friendly, lessons are dynamic and engaging and the department regularly receives positive feedback reports from students and inspectors. All students are encouraged to develop their skills of independent learning. Technical support is available from our dedicated Media Technician.

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AS/A2 Film Studies

Tom’s Perspective

Exam Board WJEC Why choose Film Studies at Carmel? Film Studies will appeal to people who are not only interested in watching films, but also in analysing them, learning more about the film industry, and applying their own film–related skills. It is wide ranging in content, and draws on many different contexts relating to films themselves, the industry, and those who consume film-related products. The course is demanding, but enjoyable. Prospective Film Studies students should be keen consumers of film, and be prepared to use the familiar ground of Hollywood as a foundation to explore other aspects of film production and consumption. The A2 course diversifies further, when students will, for example, study ‘International Film Styles’ as an assessed part of the course. What will the course involve? You will be involved in critical, analytical and creative work based on film history, theory and developments in film criticism. Film students should be adequately equipped with good essay writing skills (as up to 80% of your AS marks are based on written responses), and an ability to think and write analytically. The AS course develops and assesses students’ abilities to evaluate and analyse a range of different types of film-related material. Coursework also integrates an opportunity to work creatively.

The course will increase your awareness of a wide range of cinema and independent/ alternative cinema will form an integral part of the course. An appreciation of the history of cinema, its impact culturally, socially and economically will be a main aim of this course. Film is both an art form and a business and this is reflected in the content of the course. We hope to deepen your knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of film by studying film from four key perspectives: • • • •

Cinema as an art form Cinema as a social institution Cinema as an economic institution Cinema and technology

The thing I enjoy most about Carmel is the friendliness of all the students and staff here. Being one of the few people to come from my high school I thought it would be hard to settle in and make friends, but that wasn’t the case. I enjoy Film Studies because it is an interesting subject, and the facilities are the best available. The two things that have impressed me in Carmel is the quality of the tutors and the variety of the courses and enrichment opportunities available. After I leave Carmel I intend to go to university to further my education in either Film Studies or Maths. I’d encourage anyone who has the opportunity to attend Carmel to take it.

How will I be assessed? At AS Level the coursework module is worth 40% and the exam module 60%. At A2 Level the weighting is 50% for each. You will develop a range of skills and be assessed in a variety of different ways. The 2½ hour AS exam comprises three sections, which each require essay responses. Students sit this at the end of their first year. Coursework is completed in the first term of your AS year. Where does this course lead? Around a third of last year’s A2 Film students progressed to directly relevant HE courses, with another third progressing to HE courses in wider creative arts/humanities areas. One former student is now studying Archaeology at Cambridge University.

Tom Schofield Broadgreen International Studying: Film Studies, Biology, Maths & Physics

What other activities will I get involved in? The department arranges a number of visits to local cinemas as well as Independent cinemas such as FACT and Cornerhouse. Courses, workshops and lectures at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford will also be offered throughout the course. Last year some students went to New York to study film and media at various locations across the city. As part of the Enrichment Programme, students can join the Media Skills Group to develop their practical skills using media software. The department also runs a Short Film Competition that students can enter by making their own films which are judged and awarded prizes at the end of the year.

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Meet the Staff Rob Saunders Technical Support Chris Risley Technical Support

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How successful are Carmel’s Film & Media students? Film and Media Studies are very popular and indeed successful courses with consistently very good results.

Film and Media department trip to New York

As many as 45% of our students each year leave to enter careers or further study in media or related areas. Past students have become journalists, camera operators for Sky, PR

Media Studies

2009

consultants/advertising executives and have entered a host of other such media related careers. What are the entry requirements? Film Studies – GCSE grade B in English Language Media Studies – GCSE grade B in English Language or grade B in Media Studies (if studied) and an interest in using IT. 2010

2011

% Pass Rates

AS

A2

AS

A2

AS

A2

A* - B

38

63

68

61

49

59

A* - E

100

100

100

100

97

100

Film Studies

2009

2010

2011

% Pass Rates

AS

A2

AS

A2

AS

A2

A* - B

58

85

64

56

67

84

A* - E

100

100

100

100

100

100

The truth about Film & Media Studies If you opt to do Film and/or Media Studies at Advanced Level, you might find some people who refuse to take it seriously and even try to put you off. Here are some of the most common myths you may hear and some facts to counter them: Myth 1: Media Studies is easier than other subjects Fact: Grade A at Film and Media Studies A Level is only awarded to about 12% of candidates. Myth 2: A certificate in Film and/or Media A Level is not worth the paper it’s written on; universities won’t recognise it. Fact: Universities accept Film and/or Media Studies in the same way that they accept English or History or any other Arts or Humanities A Level.

More Information Detailed course specifications are available on the Exam Board websites: Media Studies: www.aqa.org.uk Film Studies: www.wjec.org.uk

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Myth 3: You just put your feet up in Film and Media Studies and watch films. Fact: You may not even see a whole film during the course! Myth 4: In Film and Media Studies you don’t have to do any writing. Fact: There is as much writing in Film and Media Studies as there is in English and other essay based subjects. Myth 5: High achievers shouldn’t do Film and /or Media Studies. Fact: For all the reasons outlined above, it should be clear that anyone should have the opportunity to do Film and Media. One of our Film students went on to study at Cambridge University!

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