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Media Studies AS level at Edgbarrow School

Course description

The Advanced Level Media course challenges students to consider the nature of Media in contemporary society.  Through practical coursework students take on many roles including: photographer, editor, director and camera operator.  The specification integrates theoretical and practical approaches by requiring students to reflect on their coursework experiences in the examination.  The examination also challenges students to study current debates in media.  All this is underpinned by the study of media language, institutions, audience and representation.

Course content

Students will learn skills of active research, using selection processes and analytical skills.  The course requires both independent and group work so communication, time keeping and organisation are essential.  The use of varied technology is required for the practical coursework.  Students will use a blog system to record their progress and teachers will regularly post feedback on their work. 

Students will engage in debates surrounding the media including issues raised by media ownership, within the music industry, press regulation and theoretical concepts like post-modernism.

Unit 1 - Foundation Portfolio in Media (Coursework), 50% of AS 

Unit 2 - Key Media Concepts (Exam), 50% of AS 

Entry requirements

Students must gain at least a grade B in GCSE English Literature and at least a grade C in English Language. 

Future opportunities

Media A Level is generally recognised as an entry qualification for university courses (except specialist Science based courses) as well as the obvious vocational careers.  Students wanting to pursue a media related degree or vocational training will find this course useful.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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