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Media Studies A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

Students complete a practical coursework project in each year

Year 12: Creating Media. 30%. Learners will practically explore the creation of a television advert.

Year 13: Making Media. 30%. Learners will practically explore the creation of three linked media products in a cross-media production.

Course content

It is recognised that the mass media plays an increasingly important and, perhaps, influential role in contemporary society, providing us with information and entertainment and communicating social values. In Media Department, we offer exciting and rigorous courses, which give students opportunities to develop a critical understanding of the role of the mass media in society and a broad knowledge of the industrial and commercial nature of media productions. The courses integrate practical work with theoretical study. The courses focus on the key media concepts: media language, representation, audience and institution. Students will develop skills in textual analysis, research, critical thinking, responding to academic theory and digital production. For the AS level, students complete units which may include topics on news, TV drama, social media.

In Year 13, students study units which may include: magazines, advertising, news and media in the digital age.

Entry requirements

Normal qualifications for entry onto an A level course; six GCSE A*-C grades, including English Language (4-9). Students who have studied GCSE Media must have achieved a C grade or above.

Future opportunities

Media Studies is a popular university degree, taken as a single subject or combined with others such as ICT or Business. There are a huge range of courses available: Film Studies, Communication Studies, Media Production, Marketing etc.

Media students are welcomed into a range of careers, involving the mass media generally or particular areas such as journalism, programme design or work in magazines, TV and film. New digital media have opened up many exciting new career directions and there are some excellent apprenticeship opportunities available.

Skills of team working, delivering presentations, use of ICT and critical review are also important transferable skills welcomed by employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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