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Media Studies AS and A Level at The Oxford Academy

Course description

In AS / A Level Media Studies you will learn how to analyse, explore and create a range of printed and moving image texts. You will master essential industry skills and techniques such as how to direct, layer sound, craft and edit film through the production of an original movie trailer; and reproduce the conventions of a popular magazine with tools in the Adobe Suite. You will develop a critical understanding of the media through working with media products and concepts, and through the application of production skills, exploring production processes and technologies.

You will have the opportunity to hone your research skills and develop and express your own views and interpretations in a range of media styles.

Media Studies SUPPORT FROM OXFORD UNITED Through opening the door to both the traditional media and new media used by both the Oxford United Football Club and the Oxford United Community Trust we will support you to more fully understand the role the media plays in our daily lives and explore the production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts. This will be achieved through:

  •  Access to professionals working in various media.
  •  Experience working in sports media and sports journalism.
  •  Opportunities to build a portfolio of published work.

Course content

The key concepts covered in the 3 units are:

Thinking about the media: you will demonstrate planning and skills through a series of creative tasks which demonstrates knowledge of the convergent nature of the contemporary media.

Text investigation one: Through learning photography, editing, formatting and image manipulation, you will recreate a front cover of a popular magazine.

Text investigation two: Through learning how to use effective camera movement and angles, sound manipulation and editing techniques, you will compose and create a trailer of a genre of film.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C including English and Maths level 5

Future opportunities

There are a number of exciting careers ahead of someone studying AS/ A Level Media Studies including:

  •  Media Planner
  •  Multimedia Specialist
  •  Programme Researcher,
  •  Public Relations Officer
  •  Runner
  •  Television/Film/Video Producer
  •  Advertising Account Executive
  •  Broadcast Journalist
  •  Editorial Assistant
  •  Event Organiser
  •  Magazine Journalist
  •  Computer Games Designer

There are also opportunities for further study in any of these fields, with an A Level in Media Studies. Other courses that might interest you include Level 3 Business, Performing Arts or Art and Design

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Oxford Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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      • Sports Hall for futsal, basketball, netball, volleyball, trampolining… anything you want to do indoors
      • 3G Dome – the only covered 3G in the county
      • Astro pitch for hockey and football
      • Multi Use Games Area so you can do a whole host of things here; tennis, netball, table tennis 
      • Grass pitches for rugby, football, lacrosse
      • Physiotherapy room with physio support available by appointment  from  Oxford United physios just in case you need help with an injury
      • Dance studio
      • Fitness studio
      • Cricket nets

      We also have art rooms, a food technology room, a fully functioning theatre and drama studio, recording studio and a hair and beauty salon with treatments available from students studying Beauty.

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