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Media Studies AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at St Christopher School

Course description

Students taking this course will have the opportunity to analyse and critically evaluate a wide variety of media texts on three major platforms – broadcast media, e-media and print media.  As well as analysing existing media, students will also research and produce their own media products on at least two of these platforms.  The course has a strong focus on new and emerging technologies and an emphasis on contemporary issues and debates, meaning that students will find the work they do highly relevant to their own lives and experiences.

Course content

AS Course (1571)

Unit 1
Investigating the Media

Unit 2
Creating Media

A2 Course (2571)

Unit 3
Critical Perspectives

Unit 4
Research and Production

Entry requirements

Students who have taken Media Studies at GCSE will have an advantage; however this is not an essential requirement for the course.  Good ICT skills are essential, and a knowledge of photo and video editing software is useful.  The course requires students to have good analytical and creative skills, and to be able to write at length.

Assessment

Lessons will be divided between classroom work on theory and media concepts, and practical work using ICT or digital audio/visual equipment to produce original media texts.  Students will also be expected to undertake a variety of independent research outside of lesson time.  Production tasks, particularly those involving lots of filming and editing, are also likely to be done largely outside of lesson time.

Financial information

Fees will be payable for this course. Further details regarding scholarships, bursaries and exact fees are available on the website.

Future opportunities

Media Studies is an ideal course to take if you are interested in pursuing a career in television, journalism, marketing or similar fields.  However, the skills of analysis, production and evaluation developed on the course are highly transferable and would benefit students interested in a variety of subject areas.  The understanding of, and ability to use, new and emerging IT technologies that the Media Studies course enables is also a very useful skill for the future.

Further information

Please be aware that St Chris Sixth Form is a fee-paying independent provider.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Christopher School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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