A Level Media Studies is an academic subject that focuses on media literacy and analysis as opposed to BTEC Creative Media Production, which is more practical. The A Level course is 70% exam based and 30% practical work.
This course is best suited to students who wish to study more academic courses at university, such as Media Studies (as opposed to more practical courses such as Media Production, although Media Studies would be useful for such courses as well).
Your studies will focus on analysing media texts in order to understand how media messages shape the way we think, behave and react to the world around us, as well as who is giving us these messages, why they are giving them to us and what their agenda is.
You will be analysing media texts in relation to academic theories such as semiotics (the language of media, postmodernism etc.), representation (e.g., feminist theories, theories of ethnicity and postcolonialism etc.), audience theory (including how the media affects our behaviour and the need for regulation) and industry theories (media ownership, government regulation and power).
Practical Coursework allows you to creatively apply your theoretical knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audience to an original cross-media production that will involve producing both print and video products.
The following forms are studied:
Media Studies offers a broad, engaging and stimulating course of study which enables you to:
A variety of trips and visits will be available throughout the year in addition to some opportunities to meet visiting speakers from the Creative Industries.
Trips and visits in the past have included:
Trips – as and when they take place. Minimal costs involved to purchase existing media texts (less than £5 to purchase magazine and news texts).
Textbooks will be provided but will require a £10 deposit that will be refunded at the end of the course on return of the book in good condition.
Students may want to purchase a DSLR camera, although this is not essential as they are available to borrow from the department.
Students may want to purchase Adobe Creative Suite software, although this is not essential as this is available across college on all computers.
Two exams (70%) and coursework (30%).
Grade 5 English.
Film, Photography, Fine Art, Graphics, Performing Arts, Music Technology, English Language, English Literature, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, History etc.
You can have a look at the subject specific Instagram sites by searching:
• Broadcast (TV and Radio),
• Publishing and journalism (newspapers or magazines),
• Media Planner,
• Advertising and marketing,
• Social Media Manager,
• Information technology,
• Travel and tourism,
You can learn more about media careers, degrees and apprenticeships here: https://www.ucas.com/job-subjects/media-studies.
Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.
Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.
Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.