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Media Studies AS and A Level at York College

Course description

Whether it is games, mobile telephones, social networking sites, digital television or iPods, there's barely an hour of the day that goes by when we are not immersing ourselves in the media. When we spend so much time exposed to something, doesn't it make sense to understand it better? By focusing on specific parts of the media, we can understand the wider context in which it exists, the forces that act upon it, and how it influences us.

The course allows you to investigate different themes that underpin the subject: the way we are influenced as an audience and how we as an audience can manipulate the media; issues that affect big and small media organisations and the big debates and themes that surround the media as a concept.

Based on an equal share of practical and academic work, the course allows you to create your own media artefacts, think about how they work and discuss how they compare to the real thing. You will also focus on a specific aspect of the media as a way of developing your understanding of the issues and debates that surround the subject: currently we are focusing on television drama, so there's plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate!

In the first year coursework focuses on print production, letting you explore production techniques and styles as you research, plan and produce a magazine that reflects professional practice, while the exam unit focuses on representation in television drama and issues surrounding media audiences and institutions. The exam is based on a case study of a particular media industry eg. film, video games etc. You will explore production, marketing and how we interact with media products and think about how this mirrors general media practices.

In the second year your coursework will include video production and you will explore key media theories and concepts.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4).


Coursework (50 per cent) 
Written examination (50 per cent)

Financial information

A materials contribution is applied to this course. This will be confirmed at interview.

Future opportunities

Media Studies gives you excellent analytical, technical and group-working skills, all of which are attractive to employers and universities. It is an excellent contribution to arts-based undergraduate programmes. Students who have successfully completed both years have gone on to study Media at university, giving them the practical skills and academic knowledge to work in the industry.

Further information

Film Studies, Sociology, Photography, Drama and Theatre Studies and English

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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