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Media A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is a vibrant mix covering many different media platforms. We will study film, television, print media such as magazines and newspaper, websites, social networking, and advertising. You will also study audiences and the effect media have on the viewers, listeners and readers. Each year also features a practical coursework project. In the AS year, you will create a series of front covers and pages for a magazine. For the A Level year, you will work in small groups to complete a piece of video/film making.

Course content

AS Module titles and content

MS1 Media Representations and Responses

  • Textual analysis of TV, film, advertising, magazines, newspapers, CD and DVD covers, radio programmes, computer games
  • Representations of groups
  • Audience responses to media

MS2 Media Production Processes

  • Individual research into magazines
  • Individual production of a magazine front cover and supplementary pages
  • Report/Evaluation

A2 Module titles and content

MS3 Media Investigation and Production

  • Individual research investigation and essay about a chosen topic
  • A group practical video/film production
  • Individual evaluation

MS4 Text Industry Audience

  • Exploring three different industries, how they operate, communicate, deal with regulation, and how audiences respond. Industries likely to be selected from Television, Film, Advertising, Computer Games and Magazines.

Entry requirements

To start any A levels you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

In addition there are the following subject-specific entry requirements: you should have GCSE English grade C. No previous knowledge of Media required.

Assessment

Exam Board - WJEC

There is an exam at the end of both the AS and A Level years. At AS, the exam will look at representation, audiences and textual analysis. At A2, the exam will focus on three topics such as Advertising, Television, Computer Games or Film. Each year also features a practical coursework project.

Future opportunities

Many Media students progress to careers in the media such as television, publishing or radio, or related areas such as advertising, marketing, events management, independent film production, corporate video work or IT. The creativity and the understanding of audiences is especially attractive to many mainstream businesses and organisations who require media ‘savvy’ people, such as local Councils and Arts organisations.

The course also allows progression to a range of degrees in similar and related areas, and combines excellently with a wealth of subjects within humanities, social sciences and the creative industries. It also works well with Business and Law courses, allowing students to specialise in these areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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