Media Studies is an academic course with a strong emphasis on critical thinking, analysis and research skills. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop practical production skills in filming, editing, website and print design. This A Level specification is broken up into three units. Media Products involves analysing an unseen extract, focusing on the News institution and how they shape public opinion. This is explored across television, online and in print. This examination also involves students to evaluate the progression of their skills from their coursework portfolio. Media in the Digital Age equips students with the skills to apply theoretical concepts and debates to existing media products from across different mediums, ranging from postmodern feminism within the music industry, to the significance of post-colonialism with the British film industry. The final unit is Making Media, which is the coursework element. Students will work individually to fulfil a brief with three constructions: one moving image, one web based and one print. Students who take this subject need to be proactive, not scared of learning new technologies and embrace challenge. The course gives an excellent introduction to the most important aspects of the media and the various career opportunities in this and related fields. If students want to continue with Media Studies in higher education, they will find a great number of degree and other courses offered. University courses offer different combinations of theoretical and practical units, and this A Level course offers students the chance to not only further their analytical and essay skills using theories used at undergraduate level, but also to use Invicta’s i-mac suite with software such as Final Cut Pro and Logic to create original film and sound productions which are used at university and beyond. Careers in the media include working in broadcasting and film, advertising and marketing, the music production industry as well as creative work in the multimedia industries. In addition Media Studies offers numerous transferable skills for any future profession including leadership, problem solving and highly skilled used of ICT.
Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.
This course can be studied as part of the Valley Park Curriculum offer where students within the Valley Invicta Academy trust may avail of courses on offer in our partner schools across the trust.