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Media Studies GCSE (Advanced Foundation Programme)

Entry Requirements:
At least 2 grade C's/4's at GCSE plus a range of D-E grades.

Why Should You Take This Course?
The media plays a huge role in our daily lives. This course will allow you to reflect on how the media has changed over time, and how our ideas and beliefs can be shaped by media images and messages. Media Studies will draw on your existing experience of the media and expand upon it. The subject will enable you to explore a wide variety of media, including print, moving image and new digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences.

Course content
We will look at a variety of media issues and debates across the course. We will look at codes and conventions, audience, institutions and representations. The course will get you to think about the media - understanding how media texts are constructed and gaining practical skills such as still photography and Photoshop.

Are there any special expenses?
There are no special expenses that are required on this course.

What could I do next?
Media Studies complements a range of other subjects, such as English, Film Studies, Sociology, and Art and Design. The course is fantastic for helping you improve your literacy skills, critical thinking skills and analytical skills. These skills are highly valued by Universities and employers.

How will I be assessed?
The course is 50% exam and 50% coursework. In the coursework you will complete two explorations of narrative and genre in different areas of the media and one creative project where you will construct a media product. This is designed to build on your own personal experiences of consuming and responding to media.
There is one exam on the course which focuses on the four key areas of media studies: media language, audience, representation and institutions. The exam will assess your understanding of all of these topics in relation to a specific media industry that is set by the exam board.


How to apply for this course

2017-2018 ENTRY: Apply for this course by completing an online form
2017-2018 ENTRY: Download an Application Form to fill in and post