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A Level Media Studies at Bournemouth School for Girls

Course description

This course will enable students to develop their enjoyment and knowledge of all media texts including film, advertisements, documentaries, newspapers, magazines, ICT and radio and television broadcasts. Through a variety of approaches, including producing media texts such as short films at both AS and A2, it will allow students to develop a framework for the critical analysis of the meanings and contexts of all these texts. There will be a specific focus on four main areas: the language of the media texts, the institutions which create them, the audiences for which they are made and the ways in which values and ideologies are reflected and represented in the media.

Production work is a very important part of the course, encouraging students to put theory into practice by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of technical skills as well as allowing them to fully engage in creative, imaginative and aesthetic activity.

Course content

AS Level

UNIT 1 Description of Subject Content

Foundation Portfolio

UNIT 2 Description of Subject Content

Key Media Concepts
Candidates gain an understanding of textual analysis, representation, institutions and audiences.

A2 Level

UNIT 3 Description of Subject Content

Advanced Portfolio


Description of Subject Content

Critical Perspectives

Candidates cover theoretical evaluation of production alongside a study of contemporary media issues which include contemporary media regulation, global media, media and collective identity, media in the online age, postmodern media and ‘we media' and democracy andidates cover theoretical evaluation of production alongside a study of contemporary media issues.

Entry requirements

Students who are interested in learning more about the role that the media play in our lives and willing to engage in critical analysis of all media forms and conventions. You need to have achieved at least a Grade B in English. You will need also to be willing to work in groups and to have an interest in media production including filming, sound recording and working with print media.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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