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Media Studies AS/A Level 3 at Astor College

Course description

This is a two year course.

The four-unit specification in Media Studies encourages students to look at the world
around them in a critical and analytical way.
Media students will be very interested in moving images and the printed media. They will not necessarily
have a GCSE in the subject but will be willing to work hard
to read and make media. Visits are arranged to professional
media and students are encouraged to make films and edit
them. Careers in the Media are growing as the industry
expands.The subject combines well with English, Visual and
Performing Arts and History. It integrates theoretical and practical approaches by requiring candidates to reflect on their practical work in the examinations.

Year 1
G321 - the Foundation Portfolio in which practical work is undertaken in ONE of print, video. audio or webbased media. Appropriate technical and production skills are used. The unit is internally assessed.
G322 - is exam-based and deals with the textual analysis of television drama (including an extract in the exam) and media issues more generally.

Year 2
G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media. Students plan and construct a more sophisticated media product and also present their associated research in an electronic format. This is internally assessed and students will be expected to show proficiency in research and planning, constrction and evaluation.
G325 - Critical Perspectives in Media - draws on all of students' knowledge formed through the two-year course. It is an examination in production theories such as representation and audience and, in Section B, Comtemporary Media Issues which concern us all. These include Global Media and Media in the Online Age.

Entry requirements

4- 5 GCSEs at C or above in different subjects.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English, to prepare for higher education in Media-related courses, related courses in the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact  your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years