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Media Studies AS at Warlingham School

Course description

Media StudiesThe course is designed to enable students to develop a critical awareness of the role of the mass media in society, providing a broad education that will prepare students for entering work in the media industry or continuing education at college or university. Students will gain a wide range of knowledge focusing on ways of reading the media, studying textual topics and contexts, whilst developing comparative and critical analysis of media in the modern world. Students will be expected to develop an understanding of the impact of the mass media on society through an exploration of specific themes -such as image analysis, advertising, stereotyping, bias, audience etc. These core components will be studied across the six units of the two year course, with a focus on practical production as an independent study at A2. AS Students will be introduced to the key concepts which underpin the course through a series of written assignments, practical tasks and formal examinations. Students will be examined on two units, which focus on contemporary issues that affect the media, whilst the coursework component will involve students applying their knowledge to a practical production project involving a media technology. A2 Students will study a further two topics in detail. Here they will be required to apply the key concepts both to a variety of texts and a range of wider contexts. In the synoptic unit, candidates will apply the key concepts to the comparative study of texts, investigate or research an independent area of study, dealing with a contemporary text, topic or issue, and its relevant contexts. Assessment Format Module 1 Reading the media Module 2 Textual topics in contemporary media Module 3 Practical production Module 4 Texts and contexts in the media Module 5 Independent study Module 6 Comparative critical analysis

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs including Grade C in English Language and Literature

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as English or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Media Studies, which could lead onto higher education to study Media, related courses within the Arts an Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors.

Further information

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year