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Media Studies at Seaton Burn College

Course description


Students at AS level will explore the key concepts of media studies, AUDIENCE, REPRESENTATION, INSTITUTION and LANGUAGE. They will then be able to effectively analyse and investigate a range of different media texts such as TV opening sequences, film trailers, advertisements, music videos, video games, print advertising and websites. In preparation for the exam, students will produce their own case study on either films or TV programmes and complete tasks which require them to look at the way these texts have been marketed and promoted using different media platforms (print, e-media and broadcast texts). Coursework is a choice of three briefs which gives students the opportunity to produce productions such as their ownmusic programme, film trailer and/ or website.


Students at A2 level look at WHY the media produce certain texts and current debates around issues like size zero,video gaming, social networking, ‘hoodies’ and perception of youth. They are required to produce two case studies >(this year topics are representation and the impact of new media) which will then be used to answer questions in the exam. In addition to this students produce a critical investigation on a media subject of their choice – this year titles have included; Twilight and its influence on the horror genre, The depiction of the Iraq war in film and Why has the film industry felt it necessary to produce remakes of classic films? And a linked production which will take the form of a film trailer, magazine feature or website.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including a grade C or above in English.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years