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Media Studies A Level at Bilborough College

Course description

How are different groups of people represented in the media - for example women, or teenagers, or people from different regions of the UK? How is a film, magazine or a computer game constructed to grab the audience's attention?  We follow the WJEC specification. Our department's results are impressive: at A-level 100 per cent of students passed and 90 per cent got A to C grades. Our students' practical work achieves high marks but to be really good overall you'll need a variety of technical and analytical skills and imagination, creativity and the ability to evaluate different media forms.

Course content

There are two modules in the first (AS) year: 'Media Representations and Responses' and 'Media Production Processes'. The first will teach you to analyse a variety of media texts from TV dramas to music videos and computer games.  We will consider genre, narrative and representation, thinking about the ways in which audiences respond to and interact with the media. This module is assessed by a 2.5-hour exam. The second module teaches you how to plan, produce and post-produce a trailer for a new TV programme. You will learn to shoot, edit, create a soundtrack, use effects and makeup, find locations, cast actors, storyboard and test screen your work.

In the second year (A2), you will take two more units: 'Media Investigations and Production' and 'Media: Text, Industry and Audience'. For the first you'll work in a group to produce an extract from a film. You will need to consider the purpose of a film, research the differences between genres, explore possible audiences, and consider how you market and sell a film. Finally, 'Media: Text, Industry and Audience', assessed by a 2.5-hour exam, brings together all your learning from the course. 

Entry requirements

To study at Bilborough Sixth Form College you must achieve a minimum of 5 A*-C grades in your GCSEs, including English Language and Maths.  We count BTEC Firsts as equivalent to one GCSE.

To study Media Studies at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C or above in English GCSE, and if you have taken Media Studies at GCSE, a minimum grade B in that subject.

Financial information

Coursework involves students making their own films. Much of the shooting takes place outside college. To allow students to take the cameras off college premises it is essential that they are insured. As it is impossible to cover these items under the general college insurance, the department underwrites the insurance and charges each student a £15 fee to cover the cost.  This money should be paid at enrolment in August.

Future opportunities

Our students go on to a variety of university courses, including Media Studies, Film Studies, Media & Film Production, Journalism, Advertising & Marketing, Games Design, English Literature, Psychology, Modern Languages and Economics. Many of those who study media-related courses do so at exellent departments within universities such as Bournemouth, Ravensbourne & Sheffield Hallam. Please note that A-level Media Studies may be taken alongside Film Studies, as universities are happy to accept both. If you're unsure about the academic path you want to take, you can always ask our teachers for advice.

Further information

There are many opportunities for fledgling filmmakers. We encourage our students to seek out relevant work experience and enter their own work into local short film festivals such as 'bang!'. Recent students from Bilborough Sixth Form College are working in a variety of roles in film, TV, music video production, animation and radio.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bilborough College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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