A Level - Media Studies
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
How often do you watch a film, read a newspaper, browse the internet or listen to music? Everyday? At least once a day? There has been a significant increase in the growth of the media’s role in our daily lives. Due to this, a variety of skills are needed to fully explore and enjoy the dynamic range of media texts. Increased access to digital media offers us new opportunities for creativity and self-expression and communication.
Through a variety of approaches, this subject will enable students to develop their enjoyment of media texts, in addition to developing a framework for critical analysis of their meanings and contexts. This subject offers students the opportunity to look at the role the media plays in their own lives on a daily basis, while also allowing them to apply those skills to their practical work.
Production work is an important component of Media Studies in both the AS and A2 years. The purpose of production work is you to put theory into practice, by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of technical skills in your own media productions, as well as to engage you in a creative, imaginative and appropriate activity.
Media Studies is a dynamic contemporary subject, which supports the development of analytical skills and enables you to develop critical autonomy, independent research skills and the application of theoretical concepts to a range of media texts. This course will focus on debates such as the media’s influence on contemporary culture and the way meaning is constructed in and by the mass media.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language. Students should demonstrate their critical, analytical and creative skills at interview.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
As this is an A level, you are able to study three additional A levels or equivalent. Some complimentary subjects are: English Literature, English Language, Philosophy, History, Film Studies, Graphics and Sociology.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
70% examination – Analysis of media texts and commenting on Media concepts.
30% coursework – A moving image practical piece, such as a film or trailer.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study on any of our courses. However, there may be occasional cost for trips.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
AS is a one year course; A Level is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body WJEC
- Applications Accepting