Media Studies

How long does it last? Two years
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Students who take this course:
Media Studies will be relevant to anyone wishing to pursue a career in journalism, advertising, representation agencies, publishing and any jobs which involve communication. The skills acquired in this A Level course will also prepare students to progress to any subject in Higher Education.

As well as meeting the general sixth form requirements, it is essential that you have Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and display enthusiasm for keeping up to date with current affairs and media forms.

Course Description:
This course will give you the opportunity to delve into a range of exciting current issues, debate and analyse a variety of printed and digital media products as well as produce your own applying technical and creative skills.

Lessons will be supportive and stimulating, full of lively discussion to share ideas and empower you to challenge what you have read about or seen in the media. We aim to create a friendly and informal atmosphere while fostering independent learning.

Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • media language
  • media representation
  • media industries
  • media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)
  • online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)
  • print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing).

Forms that appear in two or more categories may be studied in just one of the categories (audiovisual, online, print). However, students must undertake at least one cross-media study and must study at least one example of a media product from each form.