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Media AS Level at Highbury College

Course description

This programme introduces you both to Media ideas and the practice of production, which gives you the chance to develop a real understanding of Media platforms, the contemporary Media landscape and the influential role of the Media in society.

You will learn in a variety of ways, including demonstrations, skills workshops and formal lessons.

Course content

In the first year you will study two key aspects of the Media. In the unit on 'Investigating Media' (Unit I), you will learn the fundamentals of Media forms and platforms and the concepts which lie beneath the surface, as well as the role of marketing and promotion of these products.

Unit 2, 'Creating Media', takes you through the production process, from researching the codes and conventions of professional media products to producing products of your own.

In the second year you will look at different ways of explaining and understanding the Media and how it works in 'Critical Perspectives' (Unit 3). This covers how issues are represented by the Media as well as the impact of new media. You will also undertake a case study on some of these issues and look at how they can be understood.

In 'Research and Production' (Unit 4) you'll carry out an individual piece of work that will give you the chance to really understand the relationship between research and practical production.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have five GCSEs at C or above, including English and Mathematics. If you wish to study a subject at AS Level that you are studying for GCSE, then we would normally expect you to achieve at least a B at GCSE.

Acceptance will be subject to interview and initial assessment.


Assessment will be a mix of coursework portfolio and externally set exams.

Future opportunities

This qualification can be used as part of combination of subjects for entry to university or work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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