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A-level Media Studies at Walker Technology College

Course description

Media Studies is a popular and well-established subject, examined through AQA, in which a variety of media forms are studied, including television, film,print and online media. Like all A-levels, it is primarily an academic course with a strong emphasis on research, but it does provide students with the opportunity to develop practical production skills in filming, editing and website or print design. We tend to focus on mainstream media, but examples of independent and alternative media are dealt with as well.

Three reasons to study Media:

1. It is a truly contemporary subject which is relevant to all our lives. The media saturates everything we do in the developed world in the 21st Century.

2. It is a genuinely vocational subject. Media Studies will involveyou making your own films, writing yourown newspapers, setting up your own websites and creating your own music videos. It’s extremely hands-on; pupils interact with modern technology in lots of ways, using all the customary IT programmes such as wordprocessing and presentation software as well as video and sound editing software.

3. It is intellectually challenging.Media Studies has a thorough grounding in theory. Pupils will learn about media theory that underpins our everyday lives.

What topics will I learn about?

At AS, you will investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created.

  • Unit 1: Investigating Media
  • Unit 2: Creating Media.

At A2, candidates are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary media issues:

  • Unit 3: Critical Perspectives
  • Unit 4: Media: Research and Production

Entry requirements

You will need to have a grade B in English to study this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walker Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 06 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years