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Media Studies AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Media Studies is an exciting and challenging subject that encourages you to critically engage with a broad range of media products. There is also a strong emphasis on creative coursework offering students the opportunity to build practical skills in journalism, magazine design, studio photography and digital/web-based media construction using industry standard software and production technologies.

Course content

The AS media year
The year covers four essential media concepts:

  1. Media Forms looks at how media products are made and how they construct meaning through the application of genre driven rules
  2. Media Audiences examines how products are constructed to hit audience needs, and how, in turn, audiences read those media products
  3. Media Industries explores the types of companies and institutions who make media product and how their needs drive production values
  4. Media Representations investigates how the media shapes society’s thoughts about the world in which we live

The A2 Year

  • Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media
    Students study media language and representation in relation to examples of media products within the following forms: music video and video games, advertising and film marketing, newspapers and radio news/current affairsprogrammes. In this exam based component, students will analyse how representations are constructed in media products through media language, as well as how representations are influenced by social, cultural, historical and industry contexts.
  • Component 2 - Media Forms and Products In Depth
    Students study media language, representation, audiences and media industries in relation to television and magazines. This exam based unit involves the detailed study of set products, building on the study of media language and representation to also consider industry and audience issues.
  • Component 3 - Cross-Media Production (non-exam assessment)
    Students create an individual cross-media production in two different forms for an intended audience, applying their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.