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Media Studies AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Media Studies is a dynamic, growing subject, increasingly popular and relevant in modern society. If you are interested in Media and wish to explore how the media operates, this course will provide a good framework.

You will learn to analyse critically the way in which the world is presented to the audiences on television, in newspapers, on radio and in other media.  The course also offers the opportunity to acquire some skills in practical video, print and web design.

To help student learners we organise trips to the BBC, BBFC and the British Music Experience.  Also in the past we have organised study trips to Prague and Budapest.

In the first and second years the course is 50% theory and 50% practical.  The course involves a critical analytical approach to understanding the production and consumption of media texts.  You will learn about the importance of media language, narrative, genre, audiences, institutions, ideology and representation. 

Course content

The 4 modules, taken over 2 years, are:

Year 1 AS Level

  • Module 1: Media Representations and Responses – exam
  • Module 2: Media Production Processes – coursework

Year 2 A2 Level

  • Module 3: Media Investigation and Production – coursework  
  • Module 4: Media, Text, Industry and Audience (exam)

Media Studies is a lively, dynamic, growing subject, increasingly popular and relevant in modern society.  If you are interested in Media and wish to explore how the media operates, this course will provide a good framework. 

You will learn to analyse critically the way in which the world is presented to the audiences on television, in newspapers, on radio and in other media.  The course also offers the opportunity to acquire practical production skills in video, print and web design. 

The course is 50% Practical and 50% Theory, assessment takes place through examination and coursework.  We would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in Media or who wishes to pursue a career in Media.

Entry requirements

Students on this course should have already obtained GCSEs at grade C or above in 5 subjects including English.  It would be advantageous to have studied GCSE Media Studies but this is not essential.

Assessment

You will attend lectures, write essays, complete group and individual tasks, give presentations, take part in debates about issues in the media.  You will study a variety of texts from a broad range of media including film, television, radio and newspaper using a number of sophisticated critical theories.  You will complete one practical project to a set brief on the AS course in Video Production and one critical investigation linked to a practical production in the second year - the practical element will be based on print or website design.

Modules one and four are assessed through examination and make up 50% of your final mark.  Modules two and three are the coursework component and make up the remaining 50% of your final mark.

Financial information

Students may be required to purchase an appropriate text book and occasional items to aid their practical production work i.e. DV cassettes.

Students are required to pay a £15 studio fee to cover the costs of using the college equipment.  This is a one-off payment that covers them for the two years and means they can borrow any of the equipment we have in college at any time, not just for coursework but any private projects they may wish to undertake.

Future opportunities

The course content should provide students with an ideal grounding for further study of the media in Higher Education with a view to working within the media after graduation. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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