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Media Studies A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College

Course description

What is this course about?

AS Media Studies: is a challenging course. You will be taught the key concepts and theory that underpin this subject, enabling you to deconstruct, decode and create a media text.

A2 Media Studies: allows students to develop on the skills learnt at AS, as well as providing them with the opportunity to broaden their interest in the subject through increasing independent and specialist study.

Entry requirements

What do I need to get on to this course?

AS Course Requirements: you must have at least grade B in GCSE Media Studies or a B in GCSE English.

A2 Course Requirements: you must have passed all of the AS units at grade E or above.

Assessment

What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?

The AS course is broken down in to the following units:

  • AS G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media: to include the research, planning, production and evaluation of the opening of a new film
  • AS G322: Key Media Concepts: Students will develop a detailed understanding of the key media concepts illustrated through the study of at least two different mediums

The A2 course is broken down in to the following units:

  • A2 G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media: to include the research, planning, production and evaluation of a multi-media project
  • A2 G325 Critical Perspectives in Media: Students will build upon and develop their learning from AS through detailed study into the development of “the media”

Students will study 5 lessons with 5 hours homework per week. (A large amount of reading should be expected). In addition to this it is worth noting that this is a subject in which essays/analysis is the dominant form of assessment.

Future opportunities

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead?

This course will help you to better appreciate how media industries operate; how audiences are targeted and understand how media texts are created.

You will also have the opportunity to develop practical skills in a number of media based programs, such as ‘Photoshop, iMovie and other movie making/animation packages.

Students who have been successful at A Level Media Studies have gone on to study Film, TV Production, Journalism, Broadcasting, Media Studies, Design and E-Media courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Chalfonts Community College directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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