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Media Studies AS/A Level at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

Media Studies is a broad and interesting subject that encourages you to investigate many aspects of the world today. The focus of study incorporates the core areas of television, radio, cinema, interactive media, newspapers, magazines, advertising and the music industry, providing a wide choice that will offer 'something for everyone'. Media Studies endorses the notion that study can be fun.

You will study how people and events are represented in such media as adverts, magazines, films and on radio, why this is the case and what effect this has on us as an audience. A Level Media Studies encourages you to examine different media industries, such as music, television and magazines and the organisations which produce them. For coursework, you will have the opportunity to plan, produce and evaluate your own media text, an example being a story board and promotional marketing for a new horror film, or filming a trailer for a new television programme or film.

If you have an interest and enthusiasm for the wide variety of components which make up ‘the media’, you will find this course beneficial and enjoyable.

Course content

AS

Module 1 - Examination

  • analysis of media texts, such as films, television, magazines and newspapers.
  • audience response
  • representation, (gender, age etc)

Module 2 - Coursework

  • research, production piece and written evaluation. For instance, a storyboard for a television advertisement promoting sensible drinking among the 19 to 25 year olds and a filmed advert.

A2

Module 3 - Coursework

  • a written investigation into media text which is linked to a key concept such as the representation of British teenagers in two British films or narratives in horror films.
  • a media production, linked to the written investigation such as production of a fashion magazine aimed at British teenage girls.
  • an evaluation of the production and investigation

Module 4 - Examination

  • based on the study of three texts from three different media industries, film, televsion and magazines.

Entry requirements

In order to follow a level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • plus at least 4 other subjects at GCSE.

Please note, we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until a grade C is achieved.

Assessment

AS

One module is coursework based and one module is assessed by a two and a half hour examination.

A2

One module is coursework based and one module is assessed by a two and a half hour examination.

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as English which could lead onto higher education to study Media, related courses within the Arts and Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer. However, if you are thinking of entering the job market, the many skills gained whilst studying this course are highly regarded by most employers, especially in the Media and Communication sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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