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MEDIA STUDIES GCE A2 LEVEL (WJEC) at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Course description

MS 3: Media Investigation and Production: This is a coursework unit which allows students to investigate an aspect of media studies they are personally interested in. The study should focus either on genre, narrative or representation. For example, a study of the representation of war in film or the American values and ideology in Disney films. The production can be audio-visual or print-based but must be linked to the research. The production must be accompanied by an individual evaluation which explores how the production has been informed by the research undertaken into the relevant media concept. MS 4: Media Text, Industry and Audience: Students study three industries from a choice of television; radio; film and cinema; the music industry; newspapers; magazines; advertising. The focus of this unit is on media industry and how audience shapes media response. Students sit an examination consisting of three essay questions. For each industry, they must select three main texts. At least two of the chosen texts must be contemporary and one must be British. Students must show understanding of the connections between different elements of the specification and develop their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the industries which produce and distribute them.

Entry requirements

At least grade D in AS Media Studies

Future opportunities

Media Studies is a valuable and highly regarded qualification, leading directly to many media based careers. The moral and ethical debates students engage with and the analytical and investigative approach developed is excellent training for a wide range of careers including law, politics, journalism, social services, civil service and teaching. Any area which requires critical thinking and excellent communication skills would be well served by a Media Studies student. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English, to prepare for higher education in Media-related courses, related courses in the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English, to prepare for higher education in Media-related courses, related courses in the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Johnston Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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