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Media Studies A Level at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Course description

Media studies A Level gives students the skills to study a range of media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The following forms are studied in depth: newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media, advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games. Students will gain analytical and production skills across a range of platforms. Students will apply their understanding through the construction of individual media products using industry software. The skills acquired are transferable to many jobs, and hobbies, inside and beyond the media sector.

Course content

Year 1: You will develop textual analysis skills as you learn about the codes and conventions, representations, audiences and institutions related to the media. You will also develop production skills, familiarising yourself with Final Cut Pro editing software and Photoshop. You will examine 'set products' such as Beyonce's Formation video, I Daniel Blake, Huck Magazine, The Times online.

Year 2: You will continue to develop analytical skills and consider marketing strategies used within the industry. Equally, students will consider the changing role of audiences in the contemporary media landscape. Media language will be used to analyse 'set products' such as The Returned, Late night Woman's Hour, Assassins Creed, Humans and Attitude magazine online. Students will also create their own two media products from a set number of briefs.

Entry requirements

Specific Requirements & Skills Required:

GCSE English Language (6) 

Good literacy, fluency of writing and ability to construct a cohesive argument supported by evidence 

A curiosity about the contemporary media landscape 

An interest in what shapes a media text 

An ability to analyse texts and look for layers of meaning 

The enthusiasm and commitment to plan and develop your own productions

Excellent time management skills and an ability to work under pressure as the coursework is exciting but very demanding 

Some skill in creativity and design and reasonably good ICT skills

Preferably, students should have good literacy, fluency of writing and an ability to clearly convey ideas


70% Examination and 30% Non-Examined Unit (coursework) both completed in second year.

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes 35% of qualification

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production Non exam assessment 30% of qualification

Future opportunities

Many universities offer a range of courses related to the media – depending on where your interests lie and what you would want from a career. The media industry itself encompasses a wide range of different careers and has expanded even more with the recent and rapid growth of digital media. Possible careers are in areas such as radio and TV, animation, computer games authoring, advertising, journalism, web design, interactive media and photo imaging.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Riddlesdown Collegiate directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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