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Media Studies AS/A Level 3 at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

Prospective students should have good written communication skills as the ability to produce reasoned, detailed and sophisticated written analysis is essential. Students who possess strong creative skills will also find the subject appealing due to the 70% exam, 30% coursework nature of the linear course. The ability to think independently and critically is important in order to be successful and a natural interest in areas such as film, TV, news and the online world would be extremely beneficial.

Course content

Year 1

This course is designed to promote broader and deeper understanding of the media’s role in society, culture, politics and the economy. Students will explore the usefulness of critical ideas about the media and of academic theories and subject-specific terminology. Year 1 involves developing an understanding of a wide range of new concepts and theories that are used to practise analysing various contemporary media texts across different platforms (audio-visual forms, online forms, magazines and print forms). Students are then able to take these concepts and use them to aid in the production of their own practical products. Throughout Year 12, students are exploring the key question of how and why media texts are constructed, considering important areas of study such as audience, representations, industries and media language. Students will study a wide range of issues and debates in the media where they will apply the theoretical framework they have studied.

Year 2

Media Studies builds upon the understanding of concepts and theories studied in Year 12. The students will continue to develop a critical approach to a wider range of more complex media theories and perspectives. Students will be encouraged to develop a full knowledge and understanding of the contexts of the media and the theoretical framework. For the coursework (externally assessed 30%), students will have a choice of topics related to annually changing briefs that are set by the exam board. They are expected to create a cross-media production using two of the media platforms. They should demonstrate an appreciation of how theoretical understanding supports practice.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English and Grade 6 in English Literature.

Future opportunities

University requirements

Typical offers:

Brighton – BBC; Keele – BBC; Lancaster - ABB; Newcastle - AAB; Kings - AAB; Leeds - AAB

Links to Further Education: Media; Multi Media Design and Computing; Media with programming; Games design; Marketing; Advertising; English Teaching; Film and Television studies; Media production; Illustration and Visual Media; Media Communication; Web Design; Graphic and Media Design

Career Options: The Media Business; Film; Production; Post Editing; Journalism; Internet content; Runner; Television or Radio; Marketing; Advertising; Web Designer (with computing); Copywriter (with English); Teacher; Public Relations

Further information

If a student is thinking about a career in media, producing and evaluating their own media productions will give them hands-on understanding of both how media messages are created and what they are aiming to do.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend directly.

Last updated date: 11 December 2018
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