Media Studies at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form
This course has a comprehensive and integrated approach to both media theory and practice.
Firstly, you will develop your ability to respond critically to the media and to analyse meaning in a wide range of texts, including digital media technologies, and drawing on the fundamental concepts such as text, industry and audience. Furthermore, the course includes creative work to gain a greater appreciation of the media through your own planning and production skills. At A2 in particular, you are given the opportunity to research a topic that will then form the basis for your production, thus encouraging the creation of texts informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues.
In order to be successful in this course, you need to be confident working practically and independently on major projects and to deadlines. You will also need to be comfortable evaluating your own work and critically appraising others. In lessons, you will be expected to contribute to class discussions and debates.
Whilst there is a practical element, a large part of the course focuses on the detailed analysis of media products and concepts.
5 A* - C grades at GCSE including grade C or above in English Language.
50% of the mark is assessed in a written examination.
The Media Studies course prepares students for progression into work or higher education in a range of media-related areas including journalism (English will also be required), communication studies and television, radio and film production.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uplands Community College School Sixth Form directly.