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Media Studies AS and A Level at Coleg y Cymoedd

Course description

This subject is part of the full time A level Programme. To apply for this subject you need to apply for the A Level or Combined Programme A Level Programme - You will need to choose 3 or 4 AS Levels to study the A Level Programme Combined Programme - You will need to choose 1 or 2 AS Levels combined with a vocational option. Vocational options include: Applied Science, IT, Business, Criminology, Law, Sports and Exercise Sciences, or Health and Social Care.

Media and communications are among the world’s largest industries. This course begins the process of understanding what at first seems very familiar to us – television, films, radio, newspapers and magazines.

Course content

At AS Level we learn how media forms are constructed and the importance of digital technology and media convergence. You will learn by deconstructing media texts such as magazine covers, film trailers, adverts, TV programmes & websites. You will also learn how these are interpreted by different audiences.

For the practical part of the course you will create your own media products, including magazine front covers and a magazine article.

During A2, you will study three different media industries in depth: Film, gaming and television. We will analyse different media texts and apply media theories to specific texts. The coursework involves an extended research essay and a production pieces which can include DVD or CD covers and marketing material.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including English Language. You do not need to have studied Media at GCSE.

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.

Assessment

You will be assessed by 50% examination and 50% coursework.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course many learners apply to and are offered places at university or one of the creative apprenticeships.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coleg y Cymoedd directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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