Media Studies A Level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||English Bridge Campus|
|Start date||September 2021|
|Course code||MED-AL (2123)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.
What does the course involve?
You will research and analyse a range of texts from television, cinema and video games, the Press and Broadcast news, radio, television and cinema.
You will learn specialist terminology and investigate who is constructing the text, how it is constructed and for what audience. You will study a range of media products, which reflect different social, historical and cultural contexts. You’ll also be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts related to media language, representation, media industries and audiences.
Finally, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge and understanding when independently creating your own media texts. You will study at least one media product produced for a non- English speaking audience and at least one produced outside the commercial mainstream. You will also learn about complex media theories including structuralism, postmodernism and theories around ethnicity and post-colonialism.
How is the course assessed?
Two exams (2 hours each) covering case studies, debates and concepts relating to media language, industries, representations, and audiences (70% of total assessment). Practical coursework, in which students produce cross-media products in response to a particular brief, with a written statement of intent to explain their decisions and choices (30% of total assessment).
Many of our students progress to Media Studies or related courses in Higher Education such as degrees in Television, Radio or Digital Media Production and more practical qualifications such as HNDs. It can also be studied as a joint degrees with subjects such as English, History and Languages. There are a wide range of theoretical and practical courses in this growth area.
You will have the opportunity to attend “Create Your Future” a UCAS Convention in Manchester, to find out about creative courses in the UK. There are other opportunities such as our annual trip to New York.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email: email@example.com
A Level Media Studies (Maths, Business)
Previous school: Mary Webb School
I chose Media Studies because I enjoy the subject and I wanted something creative to study alongside my other A Level choices. This is a course that gives you opportunities and focus, plus the teachers are so engaging. After College I am hoping to study media and culture at university.
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