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Media Studies A Level at Liverpool College

Course description

Our Media specifications achieve many things. Primarily, they build on students' ability to formulate their own responses to the range of media, old and new, that saturates modern life. Students are also encouraged to develop their opinions on how the media represents the world.

Variety in the specifications help students stay engaged, with a range of abilities developed in the topics including research, problem solving and creative skills. They also build debating skills through addressing contemporary issues. A choice of practical activities means that teachers can select according to their personal expertise, students' interests.

A-level Media Studies extends students' practical skills in the medium they work in, building their ability to research independently, and deepening their appreciation and understanding of the role media plays in day to day life.

Course content

At AS, candidates investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of both units is underpinned by a set of key media concepts and media platforms.

Media Concepts
- Media Forms
- Media Representations
- Media Institutions
- Media Audiences

Media Platforms
- Broadcasting
- Digital/web-based media (e-media)
- Print

Unit 1 requires candidates to carry out a cross-media study for an unseen examination. The study will then also be used to inform their work on Unit 2. For Unit 2 candidates will produce two media productions in two of the three different media platforms, with an evaluation of the productions, including a consideration of the use of the third media platform. Both units require candidates to look at cross-cultural issues where appropriate.

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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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