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Media Studies A Level at St Vincent College

Course description

We are constantly surrounded by film, TV, newspapers, magazines, advertising and numerous other forms of media which can have a profound impact on the way we view the world. This course will encourage you to look beneath the surface and consider how media products are constructed in order to create a certain message or affect their audiences in particular ways. You will be able to explore these issues both through theory and in practical tasks.

Course content

AS Level

MS 1 (examination) – Media Representations and Responses students will study:

• The construction of media texts
• How audiences and users respond to and interpret media texts
• Genre conventions and narrative construction
• Technical codes eg camera work, lighting, editing and sound for a range of audio visual, print and interactive media
• Language and mode of address
• Roles of selection, construction and anchorage in creating representations
• Media use of representations

The exam will require you to apply the theory you have learned to an unseen media text.

MS 2 (coursework) – Media Production Processes students will produce three pieces of linked work:

• A pre-production piece reflecting research and demonstrating planning
• A production which has developed from the pre-production task
• A report of 1200 – 1600 words

A Level

MS 3 (coursework) – Media Investigation and Production students will:

• Produce an investigation of 1400 – 1800 words on one of the following concepts: genre, narrative or representation
• A production artefact which has developed from the investigation ( this could be audio visual, digital or print based productions)
• An evaluation of between 500 – 750 words

MS 4 (examination) – Text, Industry and Audience students will:

• Be required to study three different media industries
• Consider the genre, narrative and representation
• Consider production distribution and marketing
• Show their understanding of contextual
• Consider the role of audience.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grade A* – C which MUST include English Language


Assessed by a mixture of external examinations and coursework

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• The opportunity to go to local events and take part in local competitions such as the 48hr DV Challenge and Solent University’s ‘Show Us Your Shorts’
• Trip to New York

Future opportunities

Higher Education for degree courses in Media Studies and other subjects including marketing and business opportunities in advertising, print media, journalism, business, law, television, film, radio

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Vincent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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