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Media Studies A Level at The Misbourne School

Course description

In today's world we are saturated with information from the media and it is vital that we learn to deconstruct media texts with the same proficiency that traditionally students have applied to literary texts. It is equally important that students learn to construct their own media texts.

You need a genuine interest in print, film and television media and the ways in which it is constructed. There is a lot of writing and analysis involved in this course, so an interest in English is important.

Course content

The course covers a range of media texts in order to best inform our students. The course will be a combination of practical and theoretical elements with a strong focus on the analysis of real media products.

Students are encouraged to examine and develop their own media literacy throughout the course, delving in to new ways to present information and communicate ideas.

How will the course be delivered?

Each group is taught by two teachers. At AS and A2 the subject teachers will liaise regularly to ensure that teaching is focused and consistent. There are 5 lessons per week and students will be expected to undertake a large amount of wider reading and research.

Entry requirements

English Language or English Literature (5).

Five A* - C GCSE grades or equivalent, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 as long as the subject entry requirements above do not state the need for a higher grade..

In exceptional circumstances, students with GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics grade 3 may be considered.

Students below grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics will undertake the statutory retake programme, attending lessons throughout Sixth Form until they achieve at least a grade 4

Financial information

Students in The Misbourne Sixth Form who experience financial constraints or barriers can apply to access additional funding to support their academic journey through their Key Stage 5 studies.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can access this additional funding to assist with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, meals in school, educational visits, uniform or other school resources, the cost of attending university or career interviews, financial support towards childcare costs or exam re-sit fees.

A Bursary Fund Committee meets three times a year to consider applications and award bursaries.

Future opportunities

You could study a range of associated courses at universities, from general media and film courses to specific courses concentrating on particular media with either a practical or theoretical bias.

There are many careers in media related subjects, some traditional like journalism and broadcasting and others more recent involving special effects and animation.

Further information

What will it combine with?

English, performing arts, art and design, music and graphics are all good subjects to combine with media studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Misbourne School directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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