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AS Level: Media Studies at Ashby School

Course description

During AS Media Studie,s you will study two units. MS1 focuses on 
examination process. Students will explore different case study media 
texts in order to be able to answer questions about the media industry, 
audience response and media production. Students will consider a variety 
of different media theories that address issues of narrative, character, 
sexuality and ethnicity. Students will also learn about the construction of 
media products, considering visual and audio codes and how language is 
used to manipulate and position audiences. This knowledge will then be 
applied through a range of activities that encourage students to consider 
the meanings created from the media products that flood contemporary 
MS2 is the second unit, as part of which students must complete their coursework. 
This is split into three sections, pre-production, production and an 
evaluative report. All three of these components must connect so the 
research and focus explored through pre-production must be realised in the 
media product created. This will be an audio visual piece centred on the 
music industry. Students will research existing products, analyse their 
meaning and then use that information to structure their own music video. 
Studenst will then write a report that identifies the strengths and 
weaknesses of the piece in relation to critical theory. 

Entry requirements

For all Sixth Form courses, students must have five GCSE (or equivalent) 
passes at grades A* - C, including mathematics and English language. 
Media Studies is very similar to English as a subject, focusing on the
ability to analyse and discuss the meaning created by media texts. It is 
also a highly creative subject; therefore, a passion for media products such 
as magazines, gaming, radio, digital media and audio visual media such 
as television and film will be an asset. 

Future opportunities

Students can take this course to complement any other advanced level courses. It also prepares students for practical media production courses in higher education and ultimately, with further training, for employment in the creative industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashby School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years