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A Level: Media Studies at Beauchamp College

Course description

This course will look at a range media including music video, print and TV advertising, newspapers, magazines, social media, video games, film and TV, and radio. Students will consider issues around audiences, representation, industry, social and historical contexts, and meaning. If you enjoy analysing media texts and writing about Media case studies, then this course will allow you to develop these skills. As well as testing literacy and analytical skills there is a large practical element to the course. The coursework element allows you to show your creativity by making moving image and print based work.

Course content

Component 1: Section A, Analysing Media Language and Representation. Section B, Understanding Media Industries and Audiences.

Component 2: Media forms and Products- Television in the Global Age, Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media, Media in the Online Age

Component 3: Individual cross-media production in response to a choice of briefs applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

Entry requirements

5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

At least a 5 in the relevant subject if taken.

Future opportunities

The course is particularly suitable if you are interested in a career in the media or studying any media related courses at university. The course contains some very independent units which requires students to demonstrate organisational skills, creativity and flair in producing real life media products for various different forms of media.

Further information

The college has a Mac suite which has 25 machines, so students can work individually on their projects. It also has an edit suit with 4 additional macs so students can work in their free time and after college on projects.

There is also a very popular residential trip to Los Angeles where students will visit film studios and iconic media locations.

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: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years