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Media (AS and A Level) at Morecambe Community High School

Course description

Although no previous media qualification is needed, students of Media Studies must develop an active interest in the media. This is a well established and successful course with, at present, over a hundred students studying it in the Sixth Form. The course is centred on contemporary media issues and you will be expected to conduct your own up-to-date research to build on the input provided by your subject tutors. Appreciating a wide variety of media texts is important, from traditional formats such as film and television, to more recent developments in new media. It is also important that you are prepared to engage in practical activities such as producing your own media products.

Course content

The course will be taught in four modules, two in Year 12 and two in Year 13. Each module is worth the same amount of marks and therefore will have roughly the same number of lessons allocated to it. You will spend half of each term on practical activities, the other half on theoretical issues. You will also learn how to “decode” media texts, acquiring important media vocabulary and learning about the key issues of:

Media Representations – how are people/ideas/attitudes presented?
Media Audiences – who is the media text aimed at and why do they respond in the way that they do?
Media Language & Genre – what defines a particular type of text and how does it achieve its desired effect?

You will complete two practical assignments – marketing materials (individual), and then either a print-based magazine feature or a digital video project (group).
The course is 50% exam, 50% coursework.

Future opportunities

This is a challenging course which requires commitment and a willingness to share and explore ideas. Many students go on to take Media Studies at university. Several of our former students now have key jobs in the local and national media, including some of the world’s biggest media institutions like Talkback TV and The Guardian. You will be given specific guidance from your tutors about suitable career/university paths you might take.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Morecambe Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

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