Media Studies A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code MS_WJEC
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

During the course students will analyse a range of media products from nine media forms: Advertising and Marketing, Music Videos, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Film, Television, Video Games and Online media.
Students will engage with a variety of texts, studying and applying the four areas of the theoretical framework:
Media Language- A study of genre codes and conventions, exploring how meaning is created.
Media Representation- The way events, issues and individuals are represented in the media.
Media Industries- A study into the institutions creating texts: ownership, production, distribution and circulation.
Media Audiences- Looking at how audiences are grouped and categorised and the changing role of audiences.
 
Students will explore wider contexts through the study of texts, from different historical periods and global settings whilst gaining an understanding of emerging and future developments of the media.  

Details

Theoretical skills including critical exploration, analysis and debate as well as practical skills including filming and editing using  professional software.  An understanding of the role of the media in today’s society developing an informed understanding of  media concepts and theories along with key issues and debates. Students will also develop an understanding of wider contexts socially, politically, historically and economically it is therefore imperative that students have a good understanding of current  events and are regularly immersing themselves in media content and coverage of news events. 

Extra-curricular activities such as filming events within school. Links with the BFI who offer a range of workshops for students. The department supports students in gaining valuable work experience through their ever-growing contacts within different media industries, including local advertising agencies providing work experience and alumni students offering mentoring.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment – Coursework and examination

Component 1- Media Products, Industries and Audiences 35% In Section A students analyse Media Language and Representation. In Section B students investigate Media Industries and Audiences.

Component 2- Media Forms and Products in Depth 35% This paper will focus on the study of in-depth media of Television in the Global Age, magazines- Mainstream and Alternative Media and Media in the Online Age

Component 3- Creating a Cross Media Production non exam assessment 30%

Students will respond a choice of media production briefs, applying their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework in the creation of a media product made for an intended audience.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Mathematics and English (minimum Grade 4) .

 

Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as English or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Media Studies, which could lead onto higher education to study Media, related courses within the Arts an Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English, to prepare for higher education in Media-related courses, related courses in the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English, to prepare for higher education in Media-related courses, related courses in the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors.