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A-Level Media at Winstanley College

Course description

Why should I study Media?

When waking up in the morning to turning off the light at night, the background noise and foreground imagery of our daily lives is dominated by the presence of the mass media. Media Studies explores the relationships we form with the media and analyses how media products are made and how they operate.

What will I study?

The course is divided into theoretical and study and practical coursework. As part of your theoretical approach to the subject you will look at a range of media areas, including news, advertising, music videos, TV Drama and radio, video games and film. We will answer questions like, who creates media products and what impact does this have on the messages contained within them?   How are media products put together and how does the audience consume the product?

Part of your time will be spent in practical media production producing a cross media product in video, print, radio or web design. This could be shooting and editing your opening to a feature film or pop video, making trailers, taking photos and using Photoshop to produce magazines or how about getting out on the streets to record opinions for radio programmes?

So, that’s the course but why study it at Winstanley?

You will be taught by well-qualified staff who have many years experience of teaching the subject and working as examiners and moderators for this syllabus and the exam board.  You will have access to a wide range of audio-visual technology to enable you to produce high quality productions. These include industry standard HD digital still and video cameras, a drop-in computer area for editing and graphic design, a television studio, radio facility and control room for studio production, even a camera crane for those spectacular aerial shots. Excellent technical support from a full-time departmental technician and personal tuition during the production process are available throughout.

Enrichment activities

There is the opportunity to develop production skills with Winstanley TV, the college’s own TV station housed within the department, as well as develop your own production ideas. We also run a Winstanley Radio Station using the state of the art radio studio. There are also frequent guest speakers from the world of professional media, including producers from institutions like the BBC. Foreign trips have included Los Angeles, New York, Rome, London and the Berlin Film Festival. We have also participated in short film festivals and entered filmmaking competitions.

What will an A-level in Media Studies lead to?

The majority of our students will go on to university to study a related degree course such as Media Studies, Media Production, Journalism, Media Technology, Television and Radio, Film and Screen Studies or even Production Management. Others will go on to study another Arts and Humanities course at university – English, Art, History, Psychology, Business Studies. We also get an increasing number of mathematicians and scientists who enjoy the creative challenge of the subject.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years