Why Should You Take This Course?
The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit. The nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase. The Media Studies A Level offers learners the opportunity to develop an informed understanding of these key issues, using a comprehensive theoretical framework and key theories to support critical exploration, analysis and debate.
Year 1: Learners study a range of media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The following forms are studied in depth through applying all areas of the framework: newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media. Advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games are also studied. The coursework unit includes an individual media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board.
Year 2: Learners build on their knowledge gained from Year 1 developing advanced approaches, to inform and support their analysis of media products and processes. The second year includes a study of media forms and products in depth including: television in the global age, magazines, mainstream and alternative media and media in the online age. The coursework unit includes an individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board.
How will I be assessed?
The course is 70% exam and 30% coursework.
Are there any special expenses?
There are trips available to students on the course for which you will be asked to pay.
What could I do next?
Media Studies, because of its academic nature, leads to a wide range of humanities and arts courses at University and might prove useful as a stepping stone to a media career or as a route into teaching.