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Teaching New Spec A Level Media Studies with Edusites

Barry Rainsford | Thursday March 15, 2018

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Commencing 2017 for 2019 Assessment

Each term we provide a Core Unit, with an Exam Specific Section (Close or Set Study Products), and a Non Examined Assessment (NEA) Section based on the Department for Education Media Studies GCSE subject content. (February 2016)

Our A Level Units begin at Unit 7 so that there is clear progression if an institution also uses our GCSE Media Studies Units 1-6. (February 2016)

The four areas of this theoretical framework, are:

  • Media Language: how the media through their forms, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • Representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • Media Industries: how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms
  • Audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them, and how members of audiences become producers themselves


Each Unit and section has the following materials for learning:

  • A Teacher Scheme of Learning (SOL)
  • Online Slides to be projected for the whole class to see
  • A Student Workbook (can be cut and pasted from the online page into a booklet and printed for the students to work from. See ‘Create the Perfect Student Workbook’)
  • Student Workbook Appendix Images (printable pdf files for making notes/tasks)

The Edusites Approach

Our approach is not to tell anyone ‘what you must do’ or ‘this is the way that you must do it’. The work here is based on over twenty years of teaching Media Studies at A Level in a very large (2,500 pupils) urban comprehensive in what was once described as one of the most deprived areas in the UK. It is based both on my own teaching and in leading teams of non-specialist staff, usually fresh from their teaching courses, with no Media Studies background.

The Lesson Slides contain everything necessary to teach sessions that will prepare your students to respond to the...

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