A Level Media Studies at Great Sankey High School
The mass media plays a central role in contemporary society. The A Level Media Studies course develops students' ability to analyse and produce products from a range of media industries; television, film, newspapers, web-sites, magazines, and advertising. Media Studies combines well with Art, Photography, Music Technology, Graphic Design, I.T and English.
Unit 1 - Media Representations and Responses (Exam) U
nit 2 - Media Production Processes (Coursework)
Unit 3 - Media Investigation and Production (coursework)
Unit 4 - Media: Text, Industry and Audience (Exam)
You will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to study this course, ideally students would have a grade B in English Language but a grade C is acceptable. You should have an interest in the Media. This could be advertising, journalism, radio or film. You should also have an open and enquiring mind, to be able to arrive at independent conclusions drawn from your studies. It is essential that you can work as part of a group to achieve specific aims. During the course you will also need to develop a critical awareness of the media, so that you can discuss these in a reasoned and coherent manner. A strong GCSE English background is a distinct advantage.
AS - Unit 1 is worth 50% and Unit 2 50% of the AS grade
A2 - Unit 3 is worth 50% and Unit 4 50% of the A2 grade
Media Studies is one of the largest growing subjects in Higher Education. It provides opportunities ranging from advertising to radio production, journalism to the popular music industry, arts administration to the television industry. However the course does not need to lead only to media based courses. The skills developed via studying the media are varied and are of use in almost all degree subjects. Independence, responsibility and the ability to explore theoretical issues make this an ideal choice for those who wish to use it to support their other academic subjects.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Sankey High School directly.