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Media Studies at City of Norwich School

Course description

Media Studies offers you the opportunity to research the role and impact of media within society. The course combines theoretical and academic approaches with practical and applied work, developing students’ critical and conceptual understanding of media debates alongside technical and practical skills. The AS course provides you with a foundation across a range of media, whilst the A2 year develops more sophisticated conceptual, theoretical and technical concepts and skills. Production work is focused on the areas of video (films/ music videos) and print (advertising and CD design). The 50% coursework in both AS and A2 years provides you with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts within practical tasks.
Course details:

Unit 1: G321 Foundation Production

(Coursework)You develop practical film production skills, researching, planning, shooting and editing the opening of a film. Research, planning and evaluation are published via an online blog.
Unit 2: G322 Key Media Concepts

The AS exam has two parts; part 1 focuses on representational issues in recent British television drama; part 2 explores the issues around media audiences, institutions and technologies in the film industry looking at how films are produced, distributed marketed and consumed.
Unit 3: G323 Advanced Portfolio

(coursework)You research, plan and produce a promotional package for an unsigned band creating a music video; a CD/ digipak cover and a print advert for a magazine. Research, planning and evaluation are published via an online blog.
Unit 4: G324 Critical Perspectives

You explore concepts and debates around media and collective identity, as well as applying media concepts to your course work. This unit will incorporate a wide range of media, from newspapers to web media and from adverts to film.
Where can Media Studies lead you?

Media Studies A level provides an excellent foundation for further study of Media, Cultural Studies, Film Studies and Communications courses in Higher Education and for a range of related subjects within the arts, literature, humanities and social sciences. The course also provides access to careers in advertising, marketing, film production, radio and television broadcasting, journalism, music technology, design, and ICT.

Entry requirements

A minimum requirement of 3 x A*-B and 3 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 4 A’ levels. A minimum requirement of 5 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 3 A’ levels with directed time. A minimum requirement of a B grade in English Language or Mathematics GCSE for students who wish to study English Literature and Further Mathematics respectively. Other Level 2 qualifications are not accepted as GCSE equivalences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Norwich School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years