Media Studies

A Level

Media Studies

Why should I study this course?

Media Studies graduates find employment in many fields. Past students have gone on to work in PR, journalism, working for the BBC and Sky or teaching within the field.

An A Level in Media Studies will give you a deeper insight into how the media works in the UK and around the world. You will understand the processes involved in exchanging information, and how the entertainment industry is structured. This includes the film, music, video games, print (Newspapers & Magazines) industries and new media (E-Media). Media courses in Higher Education are growing in popularity and this whole area of study is rapidly expanding.

The course will not be enough on its own to get you a job in Hollywood, at the BBC or the Times – but it will give you an insight into any media career and will show potential employers the depth and seriousness of your interest. The A Level will give you practical skills in media production and enable you to get more from your consumption of the media.

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What will I study?

You'll write various essays requiring skills of analysis, interpretation and debate. You will be able to comment on topics like globalisation of the media, democracy in the online age, advertising, media regulation and the impact of social networking sites on traditional media platforms. The coursework component of the A level will allow you to produce media texts in print, radio, film, or web design (although the emphasis will be in print and web design).

Year One:

Term 1: Media Framework – the key concepts (Media Studies Framework) through which the rest of the course
(both exams and the coursework elements) will be taught:
Term 2: Component 1 (Exam) – 35% of the overall qualification. This exam (not to be completed until year 2) allows you to study a breadth of media forms and products. It includes investigating the media framework of media language, representation (Section A), industries and audiences (Section B). It integrates the teaching of a series of set media texts alongside a variety of other texts to compliment them. The media focus areas for Component 1 are: Advertising & Marketing/Music Videos/Newspapers/Film (Marketing only)/Radio/Video Games.
Term 3: Component 3 (Start) – The final term will be dedicated purely to the early planning stages of your cross-platform coursework. You will produce two pieces of creative work sharing a common theme – these will be Radio, Film, Magazine/Newspaper, or Website based although the theme will depend on the briefs released each year.

Year Two:

Term 1: Component 3 (Finish) – 30% of the overall qualification. You will need to complete both of your two chosen platforms (meeting the requirements of your selected brief) by the end of this period. Teachers will work with you to maximise your best possible grade, to stand you in better stead approaching your two exams (Component 1 & 2) at the end of this second year.
Term 2: Component 2 (Exam) - 35% of the overall qualification. Investigating specific contrasting Media Forms and Products within the fields of TV Shows, Magazines and websites/online blogs. The media focus and set media texts for Component 2 are: TV Crime Drama/Magazines/ Websites & Blogs.
Term 3: Component 1 & Component 2 Exam Revision – Revision for both exams, recapping on last year’s study of Component 1 coupled with last terms work on Component 2. Complete with workbooks, activities, exemplars and revision grids to prepare for the final phase of the course. Exams to be taken May – June.

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How is the course assessed?

Component 1 and 2 exams are externally marked in Year 2.

Component 3 coursework unit is internally marked and externally moderated in Year 2.

What will the course prepare me for?

Media Studies graduates find employment in many fields. Past students have gone on to work in PR, journalism, working for the BBC and Sky or teaching within the field.

If you hope to stay on in education Media Studies is accepted by Universities. Media courses in Higher Education are growing in popularity and this whole area of study is rapidly expanding.

Private study

As an approximate guideline the A Level requires 4-5 hrs weekly.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will need to provide your own stationery such as paper and pens in order to make notes etc. The college provides work booklets for the course that you will use during the lessons. Also useful would be a USB memory stick to back up all work, especially your practical coursework. A home internet connection would also prove useful if you wanted to save your work virtually on the ‘cloud’.

How will I be taught?

A mixture of taught case studies, analysis tasks, work book completion, note taking, research assignments, presentations, film and TV text screenings, online activities and hands on work with media technology (especially for the Component 3 – Coursework unit).

This course is for you if...

You are looking for a media course that looks at the theory behind how media products are created and used to evoke particular responses from the audience. If you wish gain knowledge and build skills discussion, debate and writing at length about media products. The course also allows you to learn practical skills to create your own media products such as magazine articles or your own website.

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What are the course requirements?

Five 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE including a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • an awareness and enthusiasm for watching Films, TV shows and Music Videos
  • an awareness and enthusiasm for reading magazines and newspapers
  • an awareness and enthusiasm for listening to the radio
  • an awareness and appreciation of marketing and advertising
  • a willingness to work independently at times (sometimes during holidays)