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A-Levels - A Level Media Studies at Wakefield College

Course description

Media Studies is a creative, practical and theoretical course, in which you will explore a wide range of media texts, audiences and media institutions. The course aims to enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in your everyday life. It also aims to develop your critical understanding of the media through engagement with a wide range of broadcast, print and E-Media texts. You will also have the opportunity to create your own production pieces as part of your coursework. This course offers great opportunity for educational visits such as the Bradford Media Museum and Media City.

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What you will study

The WJEC Eduqas specification offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of these key issues, using a comprehensive theoretical framework and a variety of advanced theoretical approaches and theories to support critical exploration and reflection, analysis and debate. The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the specification, offering opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms. Learners will work from the product outwards to debate key
critical questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media. Through studying media products holistically in relation to all areas of the theoretical framework, learners will engage with the dynamic relationships between media products, media industries and audiences. Learners will also consider established media forms alongside more contemporary forms, developing an awareness of emerging and evolving media.

Your Course Structure

Both component 1 and 2 assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts.

Component 1 Media products, Industries and Audiences

Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation
This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers.
Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences
This section assesses two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games and media contexts.

Component 2 Media Forms and Products in Depth

Section A Television in the Global Age
Section B Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media
Section C Media in the Online Age

Component 3 Cross Media Production (Coursework)
An individual cross-media production based on two forms (Magazine, Advertising, Television, Music Video, Radio) in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digita

How you will learn

During the Media Studies A Level Programme you will learn through:

Class discussions
Group Work
Practical Sessions
Lecture Style Sessions
Educational Trips


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4), including English Language and Maths
GCSE Media Studies would be an advantage


Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences
Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes
35% of qualification

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production
Non exam assessment
30% of qualification

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

The A Level in combination with other subjects contributes as a qualification to gain entry to higher education courses in media studies, journalism, cultural studies, film studies, communication studies, media production, television studies, literature etc.


Career opportunities

Media Studies can be studied at University degree level and will heavily contribute towards various careers in the media, including television and radio, journalism, teaching, publishing, advertising, law, business, computing and design. It is a respected subject in its own right, but it is an excellent complement to A Level English, psychology, sociology, history and art and design which will open even more pathways in terms of careers. Our A Level Media Studies programme also works closely with highly respected universities that provide Media related degree courses. We also receive guest lectures each year from professionals in the field to help inspire our students in terms of future career prospects in this subject area.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 11 September 2018
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