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Media Studies A level at Beechwood School

Course description

Twenty years ago the media could be summed up as mainly print (newspapers and magazines) and audio/visual (television, radio and films). Audiences today have access to a huge number of additional channels. This new digital media includes the web and mobile phones, providing us with access to blogs, social networking sites and emails.

A level Media Studies will enhance your enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the media and its role in your daily life. The course introduces you to media ideas, theories and debates, giving you the chance to develop a real understanding of media platforms, the contemporary media landscape and the influential role of the media in today’s society. Emphasis will be on the practical application of traditional and modern production techniques used to produce a wide range of media. You will be using IT to create, dissect and manipulate video, CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) and sound to generate new and exciting media.

Course content

1: Investigating the media: 50% of AS, 25% of A level. Two hour externally assessed exam

2: Creating media: 50% of AS, 25% of A level. Practical unit, internally assessed, externally moderated.

Topics covered include: Media concepts: media forms, media representations; media institutions; media audiences. Media platforms: broadcasting; e-media; print.

Future opportunities

The course may prepare learners for roles in the creative media industries, and can also provide progression to higher education. It is an ideal feeder course for Film / Media Studies, Advertising / Marketing and Digital Art / Technology degrees.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year