Media Studies A Level at Corelli College Co-Operative Academy
Media Studies is designed to harness and develop students’ analytical skills through the deconstruction of media products. It is the study of individual media texts (such as movies, advertising and magazines) and focus will largely be on the institutions that made them, how and why they were made, who they were made for, and the rules that govern their production.
Students will learn to deconstruct and evaluate media texts. They will be examined on four elements; technical codes & conventions, representations of social groups (such as gender, age, ethnicity and sexuality), institutions (including processes of production, distribution, marketing), and audiences (with strong emphasis on the relationship between audiences and institutions).
There is also a coursework element in AS Media Studies which requires students to work independently or in a group on a practical production. In addition, they will be required to reflect on their own work, critically evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. These tasks will enable students to produce industry-standard products. An example production could be: the titles and opening of a new fiction film.
At A2 level, students will utilise their ability to deconstruct and evaluate media texts to reflect heavily on their own development throughout the course.
There is also a coursework element in A2 Media Studies. Students will be required to create three media products; one major piece and two ancillary products. This will include a combination of production disciplines, including Print and/or Video, Web-based or Audio, which will require them to reflect on their own work, critically evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. These tasks will enable students to produce industry-standard products.
5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths, due to the importance of essay writing a B in English Language is desirable
The course is split into four units each worth 25% of the total A Level. Two Units (G322 and G321) are taught in Year 12 and make up an AS level. Units 3 and 4 are taught in Year 13 and complete the A Level.
A Level Media Studies is respected by many universities and will develop skills that will equip you to undertake many degree programmes.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Corelli College Co-Operative Academy directly.