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A Level Media Studies at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

This subject offers you the opportunity to combine a theoretical understanding of the mass media in society and methods for analysing media texts (e.g. television programmes, films, advertising and the press) with the development of practical skills for media production. The balance of theory and practical work means that you will learn about how media industries operate research and investigate issues and debates about the role of the media in society, analyse texts from a variety of media, and produce texts of your own.

Course content

Unit 1
Investigating Media.  A cross media topic area.  A study of one or more topic areas from: Broadcasting, E-media or Print.

Unit 2
Candidates will produce two linked media artefacts taken from two media platforms studied in Unit 1.  This will include a written evaluation and pre-production materials.

Unit 3
Critical Perspectives.  Examining media issues and debates, theory and wider contexts.  Each candidate will produce an individual case study.

Unit 4
A critical investigation, approx 2,000 words and linked, fully realised, production piece, e.g. opening episode of new soap, a viral ad for a mobile, first-person shooter computer game.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C to C GCSE.

Future opportunities

A number of students have gone on to study Media/Film and Journalism courses at degree level and this course is an ideal foundation for working in all areas of the media industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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