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Level 3

Media Studies A-level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Media Studies encourages you to think critically about the messages you receive daily from the mass media.

The syllabus covers film, newspapers, magazines, video games, radio, television

and advertising.

We look at media institutions – who owns which companies and how are they run – the outputs they produce (newspapers, TV, films, websites etc) and the audiences who watch or read them.

There is a practical production unit in which students are asked to create media products in video, print or e-media. The course develops skills which are a valuable preparation for a wide range of degree subjects and career choices.

Topics studied include:

Analysis skills:

You will learn how to analyse a range of media products including film, television, music, videos, magazines, the internet, newspapers, video games and advertising.

Theoretical frameworks:

You will be taught to understand media texts using the four main theoretical frameworks:

• Media language

• Representation

• Media industries

• Media audiences

Practical production work:

You will be asked to create a media product for the coursework project either in print, video or online. Your product must demonstrate the research, planning, shooting and editing skills you have developed on the course.

A range of teaching and learning styles is used during the course. These include detailed textual analysis of media products such as magazines and films, and in-depth studies of specific areas of media such as film, TV and advertising. More conceptual areas such as genre and representation are covered in greater detail in the 2nd year.

Independent research through books and the internet is part of A Level coursework.

There is substantial practical coursework throughout the two years.

1:1 support is available to all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in English Language and Maths.

An interest in and awareness of what is happening in the media across film, television, print and the internet. You should enjoy research work and the challenge of working independently. You need to be prepared to tackle difficult theoretical issues and read up on current media issues and debates

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Step 1

Set Up Your Account

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Step 2

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Step 3

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Step 5

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