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Media Studies AS/A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

Media Studies encourages you to think critically about the messages you receive daily from the mass media.

The syllabus covers film, newspapers, magazines, new media, radio and advertising.

We look at media institutions - who owns which companies and how are they run - the outputs they produce (newspapers, TV, films, websites etc) and the audiences who watch or read them.

In both the AS Level and A Level years there is a practical production unit in which students are asked to create media products in video, print or e-media. The course develops skills which are a valuable preparation for a wide range of degree subjects and career choices.

Course content

AS Level Topics:

Unit 1: how to analyse film, television and print media using a variety of concepts and theories.

Unit 2: research and create one or more media products working in video, print or e-media.

A Level Topics:

Unit 3: explore a range of media debates and theories and apply them to film, television, print and digital media texts.

Unit 4: produce a research investigation into an area of media production of your own choice. Then create a related media product working in either video, print or e-media.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade, one of these should be English.

Assessment

At AS Level:

Unit 1: Representations and Response. Exam - externally set and marked (50%).

Unit 2: Media Production Processes. Coursework - internally marked, externally moderated (50%)

At A Level: 

Unit 3: Media Investigation and Production. Exam - externally set and marked (50%)

Unit 4: Text, industry and Audience. Coursework: - internally marked, externally moderated (50%)

Future opportunities

Many students choose to study the media further and go on to take academic degree courses in film, media and cultural studies. Others decide to take more practical degree courses in subjects such as television production, journalism and video editing.

If you decide not to continue your study of the media any further, an A Level in Media Studies will still support your application to a huge range of unrelated university courses and career paths.

It is very difficult but not impossible to progress straight from an A Level in Media Studies to working in the media. Most media careers will expect you to have studied at a higher level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 August 2016
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