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Media Studies A level at Burntwood School

Course description

A-Level Media Studies will enable you to develop as both a critic and producer of media texts. You will study a broad range of media forms, including music videos, advertising, video games, radio, TV crime dramas, newspapers, blogs and vlogs, as well as the film industry. When studying the various media, you will engage with key media concepts: audience, representation, media language and media industries. In doing so, you will develop an understanding of key media theories by the likes of Barthes, Levi-Strauss, Todorov and Hall. The course is designed to give you a critical understanding of the media and their role in society, culture and politics - both historically and currently. You will use the digital video equipment in one of our three Media Suites to produce a cross-media product, including both print and video or online products, for the coursework element of the course (30% of the A-Level). The course offers opportunities to exploit the wide range of media resources available in London, including trips to the British Film Institute and the BBC. In addition, we take a group of students to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York every year, as well as running a number of other trips as they become available.

Entry requirements

5 level 9-4 passes at GCSE level including English and English Literature.

Future opportunities

This course will not automatically prepare you for a job in the media industry but it will give you insights into the possibilities. Past students have gone on to forge careers within the industry and pursue Media courses at University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burntwood School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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