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A Level Media Studies at Dartford Science & Technology College

Course description

You will be studying a range of texts for contexts, media language, genre, audience, representation and industry from different era, genres and countries.   Students will study: the 1950s Tide advert, a moving image water aid advert, the 1970’s Hammer House of horror Kiss of the Vampire film poster, industry and marketing for I, Daniel Blake, industry and marketing for Straight Outta Compton, Industry and marketing  for the video Assassins Creed Liberation, a front page from The Times, a front page for the Mirror, LNWH radio show, music videos for Formation (Beyonce) and Riptide (Vance Joy), Season 1 episode 1 of Humans, Season 1 episode 1 for The Returned (a French text), an issue of Vogue and The Big Issue and lastly, Zoella’s blog and Attitude’s blog. Students should consume a range of media texts from adverts, magazines, film marketing, TV, video games, newspapers, music videos, blogs and the radio.  They should also visit the library and read articles from the media magazine. They could also review classwork and make knowledge organisers and cue cards for key concepts and theories.

Course content

You will be studying a range of texts for contexts, media language, genre, audience, representation and industry from different era, genres and countries.   Students will study: the 1950s Tide advert, a moving image water aid advert, the 1970’s Hammer House of horror Kiss of the Vampire film poster, industry and marketing for I, Daniel Blake, industry and marketing for Straight Outta Compton, Industry and marketing  for the video Assassins Creed Liberation, a front page from The Times, a front page for the Mirror, LNWH radio show, music videos for Formation (Beyonce) and Riptide (Vance Joy), Season 1 episode 1 of Humans, Season 1 episode 1 for The Returned (a French text), an issue of Vogue and The Big Issue and lastly, Zoella’s blog and Attitude’s blog. Students should consume a range of media texts from adverts, magazines, film marketing, TV, video games, newspapers, music videos, blogs and the radio.  They should also visit the library and read articles from the media magazine. They could also review classwork and make knowledge organisers and cue cards for key concepts and theories.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English and Maths.

Assessment

Two exams at the end of year 13. Component one is 2.25 hours and worth 35%. Component two is also worth 35% and is 2.5 hours long. There is also a coursework assignment worth 30% of the course.

Future opportunities

Higher Education and Career Opportunities: This qualification can lead you to any work within the media, such as, media planner, multi media specialist programmes research public relations officer, a runner, social media manager, television/film or video producer, web content manager, marketing, advertising, journalism, editorial assistant, event manager, information officer, market researcher and writer .

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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