Media Studies AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School
view Like it or not, the media is one of the biggest
inﬂuences on your life and, consequently, not to
be ignored. It plays a critical role in helping to form
people’s views about a huge range of subjects and
we should be wary of its power. It is said that Rupert
Murdoch is the most powerful person in the world
but while politicians are elected, he is unelected and
The emphasis is on full pupil involvement in the
course of study. Group work is a common feature
of the course so it is important that you enjoy this
form of working. The practical components, which
represent 50% of the marks in each year, are
underpinned by media concepts and theory which
also form the basis of the other units. Good reading
and writing skills are a real advantage. It is also
important that you are able to work independently.
Great use is made of computers with software such
as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher being
available for production work in the second year.
There will be a general introduction to the subject
at the beginning of the course covering media
concepts and key theories. At the same time, in a
series of exercises you will begin the process of
learning how to operate digital film cameras and to
edit film using the Avid editing suites in the television
studio. This work will be undertaken in small groups.
This will culminate in the production of a two minute
opening to a fiction film which you will devise, film
and edit. You will also conduct a close examination
of television dramas focusing on short extracts in
order to analyse how they are constructed and
what meanings they contain. You will study a
media industry in depth.
In the second year you will be required to create
a more substantial ﬁlm production of about ﬁve
minutes duration accompanied by two ancillary
productions in different mediums such as a ﬁlm
poster or a page of a ﬁlm magazine. The other
strand of the course involves a close study of
media theory and one from a choice of topics
such as postmodernism or group identity. This
element will cover a range of media such as ﬁlm,
television, magazines or the internet.
A minimum of a C grade in GCSE English Language
is required; a B grade or above is desirable.
100% Assignment based.
ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
be payable before submitting your application.
This is a good A level to do if you think you may
want a media career. There are many media related
courses at university should you want to go further.
But the subject is valid for entry to nearly all courses
at higher education. Good participation will
demonstrate that you have initiative, can work
independently and with others, and can cope with
some theoretical issues. You will also be able to take
with you any products you have produced for the
practical components; these may be of interest to
universities or prospective employers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.