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Media Studies A Level at Saltash.net Community School

Course description

We live in a ‘media age’, spending much of our lives online, watching films and television, listening to music, playing video games and reading magazines. We depend on the media to entertain, connect and inform us. But what impact is this having on society? How may this be affecting our perceptions of the world?

Media Studies teaches you to deconstruct the world around you. As well as exploring important issues - such as stereotyping, patriarchy and political bias - you will develop your creative skills, producing your own media texts.

Course content

You will study

- Over the course, you will analyse a range of media texts – including television programmes, newspapers, computer games and websites, considering issues such as representation, ideology and social/historical context.

You will learn to
- Analyse media texts,
- Apply theory,
- Write effective essays,
- Create a range of media texts, using professional software such as Adobe Photoshop

Entry requirements

You must have at least a grade C or above in GCSE English, as you will be required to write well-crafted essays for both the exam and coursework elements of the subject. A grade C or above in GCSE Media Studies is also desirable, but not essential.

Students of media should also have an interest in TV, film and newspapers, as well as current affairs and social/political issues.

Assessment

- Two written examinations – 70 marks (35 marks each)
- You will answer a range of questions about media texts studied in class.
- One coursework unit – 30 marks
- You will create a range of media texts, including websites, film and TV extracts - as well as print texts, such as magazines and posters.
- More details to be confirmed, pending Ofqual’s accreditation of new Media Studies specifications.

Future opportunities

This may lead on to the following discreet subjects at university: Media, Film, Sociology, Graphic Design, Fashion, Politics, Marketing, Communication and Cultural Studies

Media Studies will increase your opportunities in the following careers and industries: web-design, advertising, screenwriting, jobs in the film and TV industries, journalism, public-relations, games and graphic design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saltash.net Community School directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2017

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