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Media Studies

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in Media Studies or English Language.

 

About This Course

Media Studies is a very important subject that combines aspects of Politics, Sociology, History,  Art, English and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them.

These talents are highly valued by universities and employers. Moreover, the subject equips students with the skills necessary to survive and thrive in the media saturated society they now live in.

As part of the course, students will study and produce texts across a range of media platforms including but not limited to broadcasting, e-media, print, documentary,  film fiction,  sport and news. This study is coupled with theoretical analysis that covers areas such as semiotics, Marxism and Hegemony, genre theory and audience theory. The range of material covered on the course ensures that students gain an all-round appreciation and understanding of various aspects of the media.

A Level Media Studies is designed to encourage students to:

enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives

develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills

explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts

become independent in research skills and their application in their practical work and in developing their own views and interpretations.

 

Course Content & Assessment

A Level Media Studies consists of two examinations which comprise 70% of the A Level grade and a practical element that comprises the remaining 30%.  

Students investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies:

Paper 1:  Written examination covering the topics of; media language, representation, industry and audience (35%).

Paper 2:  Written examination where questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the four theoretical frameworks. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products (CSPs) which are provided as well as other products they have studied as part of the curriculum (35%).

Unit 2:  A practical element leading to the creation of a media product (30%).

 

What could this course lead to?

A Level Media Studies gives students the transferable skills for progression into higher education or career routes across various industries spanning advertising, marketing, social media, print/online journalism, radio, film, TV and gaming, as well as many others.

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