MEDIA

SCQF LEVEL 5 - NATIONAL 5

This course aims to help you develop critical and creative skills through analysing and creating media content. You will learn to look critically at examples of different media texts such as film trailers, feature-length films, documentaries, posters, magazine covers and adverts. You will develop knowledge of the key concepts of media literacy (language, representation, narrative, audience and categories). You will gain an understanding of the theory and the practical skills to create your own media content, perhaps using camerawork or desktop publishing skills. You will learn to appreciate the opportunities and challenges going on in the media industry.

QUALIFICATION

National 5 Media

DURATION

1 Year full time/

5 periods per week 

COURSEWORK

50%

EXAM

50%

COST

No necessary costs

TEACHERS

Various

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

See introduction above.

wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

The course comprises two areas of study.

Analysing Media Content

You will develop:

  • the skills to study media content

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of media literacy central to the detailed analysis of media content (categories, language, representation, narrative, audience, institution and the role of the media).

Creating Media Content

 

You will develop:

  • the skills needed to create media content and evaluate production processes

  • knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of media central literacy to creating media content (categories, language, representation, narrative, audience and institution).

KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

You would normally have achieved:

  • Be studying or have studied English at National 5 level

what will you get?

The course assessment has two components totalling 120 marks:

  • Component 1: question paper – worth 60 marks – a 2 hour written exam.

  • Component 2: assignment – worth 60 marks.

For the assignment component, you will be asked to generate ideas in response to a design brief, develop and justify media content choices and evaluate the impact of actual or likely constraints on the media content.

Both the assignment component and the question paper will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

TBC

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects.