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Media Studies A Level at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

The media plays a pivotal role in contemporary society, shaping our perceptions of people, issues and politics. Media Studies allows you the opportunity to reflect upon and analyse how these messages are constructed, the conventions and genres of different platforms from print media and TV through to music videos and social media. This course will also allow you the opportunity to develop your production skills through the coursework component.

Course content

You will develop a confident understanding of media theory and use it in your analysis of all media products. You’ll also get the opportunity to look at diverse products such as mainstream and independent TV programmes, foreign language TV and products aimed at minority audiences to give you a real taste of our varied media landscape.

Unit 1

You will study a broad range of media platforms including:

  • Video games.
  • Music videos.
  • Radio

You will develop your analytical skills and understanding of:

  • How the media conveys messages about groups of people.
  • The impact of how the industry works.
  • Technological issues and developments.
  • How audiences are targeted.
Unit 2

You will study three media platforms in depth:

  • TV.
  • Magazines.
  • Online media.

You will also consider factors such as narrative and genre.

Entry requirements

It is not essential for you to have taken Media Studies at GCSE, but it is beneficial.

As a minimum you will need:

  • Grade 4 or C in GCSE English. This is due to the literacy and analytical skills demanded by the course.
  • An interest in the media and media production.

Further information

The coursework component requires the creation of two products across different media platforms. The products will be aimed at a specific target audience.

For example, you might choose to do a TV extract and a supporting magazine article, or a music video and a supporting magazine article.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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