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Transition Unit: AQA AS Media Studies The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

| Wednesday July 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Theory, Postmodern Theory, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

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The purpose of the transition point is to provide AS students with a flavour of what they can expect in their A2 year. It is also an ideal opportunity to really enjoy teaching a whole text, to ease pupils into a more demanding course. In addition, the unit also aims to provide students with the necessary skills to address the A2 coursework element and in particular the Research Paper. During the first lesson it is useful to explore with pupils what to expect during this transition unit and also what the A2 course will demand of them. It is often helpful to outline the specification for them and to answer any questions they might have.

What to Expect From the A2 Course

In this synoptic unit candidates will build on their skills from AS study to investigate a media theme/text in more depth and realise a production piece reflecting this research. (Please note that the production piece does not need

    to be clearly linked – it can be inspired by the research candidates do) The unit has two sections:
  1. Critical Investigation (48 marks)
  2. Linked production piece (32 marks)

Candidates will research and produce one critical investigation and one linked/inspired production.

The unit is holistic so the link between the two elements must be evident and appropriate. (It is often a useful thing to do when pupils are undertaking their production to encourage them to write a short summary of how it was inspired by their research. It helps the examiner and the moderator to have a clear understanding of what the thinking was when the items were produced).

At AS level candidates undertake production work and apply media concepts and debates to a range of media texts.

At A2 it is expected that they will be able to synthesise theory and production and consider relevant cross-cultural factors and the effects of globalisation on the media as appropriate. There is a clear emphasis shift from ‘how’ to ‘why’. (This is a very...


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