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Media Studies AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

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

therefore unaccountable.

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.


Course content

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.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a C grade in GCSE English Language

is required; a B grade or above is desirable.


100% Assignment based.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
 be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.