Media Studies

Summary

This two year linear course will encourage you to question what you see, read and hear and to acquire an understanding of how the media works. You will have the opportunity to analyse a range of media forms (including television, music and video games) and engage in key critical debates.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS:
Journalist, film director, film editor, cameraman, and marketing professional.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS:
Media, culture, film, communications and marketing.

Topics you'll cover

YEAR ONE:

  • Investigating the media
  • Investigating media forms and products
  • Media production
  • Deconstruction of media texts
  • Media debates and audience responses.

YEAR TWO:

  • Media products, industries and audiences
  • Media forms and products in depth
  • Cross-media production
  • Independent and international media products
  • Application of critical theory and debates
  • Analysis of a wide variety of texts
  • Coursework.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Two written exams (70% of the final grade)
  • Coursework – create your own cross-media production (30% of the final grade)
  • Exam board: WJEC/EDUQAS
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (including English)
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

What students say about the course

"The course is very engaging as it helps you to understand the world around you and teaches you skills that will be valuable for the rest of your life. You carry out a lot of in depth research on subjects such as the representation of people, countries or religion. I like that you have control over what you research! This course has also helped me to express my point of view in a clear and impactful manner and put across a good argument."

Rizwan Cemal, previously at The Sholing Technology College

Additional information

TRIPS:

Media students have opportunities to see lectures from industry professionals, go to independent cinemas for film screenings and learn new skills in specialist media studios used by professionals in the industry.

FEES:

During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.