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Media Studies A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Media Studies?
Media Studies is a fast-growing subject at both A Level and degree level. The course gives you a broad experience of many different aspects of the media, plus the opportunity to carry out your own research and produce your own print and video products. It equips you with the skills and knowledge to engage critically with the wide range of media you encounter in everyday life. You will touch on most of the main media at some point: film, television, advertising and a range of new media, such as websites and video games. You will carry out studies of specific types of texts. A range of concepts and issues will also be covered: how the media represents particular social groups, who owns the media and how this affects the type of media produced.

You will learn to use digital video cameras and digital editing equipment to produce your own video work. Practical work gives you opportunities for collaborating with others, sharing creative ideas and researching material for your own original work. You will also have the opportunity to develop ICT skills and use them to create your own media products. The faculty also organises a number of enrichment activities, including a residential visit to London.

What will I study?
Unit 1 - Investigating media
Unit 2 - Creating two linked media products e.g. film trailer with two reviews on the release of the new film
Unit 3 - Critical perspectives
Unit 4 - A personal critical investigation and linked production piece

What can I study it with?
The course combines particularly well with English Literature, English Literature and Language, Creative Writing, Art, Photography, Film & TV Production, Communication and Culture, Sociology and Graphics.

Career opportunities
It provides the basis for progression to a wide range of media and related courses at university and careers such as film making, radio and TV production, media communications, digital media, creative media, advertising and journalism.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Maths. It is not necessary to have previously studied the subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September