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MEDIA STUDIES GCE AS LEVEL (WJEC) at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Course description

MS 1: Media Representations and Responses: This unit explores a wide range of media texts, introducing students to key frameworks for analysing and exploring representations and audience responses. The representations of social/cultural groups, events, issues and their underlying messages and values will be explored using a range of approaches. Students will also focus on the debates which surround media texts and the media’s role in creating and enforcing stereotypes in terms of gender, ethnicity, nation and age. Students sit one exam based on stimulus material. MS 2: Media Production Processes: This is a coursework unit. Students submit three pieces of work. One piece focuses on pre-production and planning, such as a storyboard for a television advert or a CD album cover with research notes. The second piece focuses on production, such as a three minute documentary or a magazine front cover and double page feature. The third piece is a report of the production process incorporating research on target audiences and genre. The report may be submitted in the form of a discursive essay, an illustrated report or a suitably edited blog.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

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 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.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Johnston Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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