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A Level Media Studies at Trafford College

Course description

Why study Media? Given the Media saturated world in which we live you may well ask if you can really afford NOT to consider studying the media. However, despite a common misconception, the subject is what it says – it is the STUDY of media and it is certainly not merely watching the television. You should already have a genuine interest in a range of media and the course should enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in your daily life.What's on the course?In the first year you will study the representation of women, men, age, ethnicity, nationality, issues and events in a range of media. You will also develop an understanding of how and why audiences respond differently to certain texts. The focus is on contemporary representation but there will be some historical contextualisation. You will also be taught how to critically analyse a wide range of media texts such as television programmes, films, advertisements, web sites, magazines and newspapers. In year two you will study three specific texts from three different media industries

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades A* - C including English Language and Mathematics.


The course is 50% coursework and 50% examination in year one and year two. The coursework in year one is producing a print based advertising campaign for a new film using your own original photographs. The examination in year one needs you to analyse an unseen text which can be print or moving image and discuss audiences and representation.

Future opportunities

What are the career opportunities?Students go on to study the subject at University while others choose related subjects such as journalism. There is also the opportunity to find work experience at Media City.

Further information

Contact Lance Bradley (Course Coordinator for Media, Film and Communication Studies) on 0161 952 4723 or email contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 May 2016
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