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Media Studies A Level at Southmoor Academy

Course description

The media are at the heart of the modern world; studying and understanding them is both fascinating and important. This course will allow you to develop a critical and analytical approach to different types of media texts as well as the media institutions which create and circulate them. You will explore all aspects of today’s media world, including newspapers, magazines, TV, film, radio, advertising and the internet. You will also consider the changes and debates surrounding the rise and development of digital media.

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Module 1: You will learn the key concepts that you will apply in various ways throughout the course, with a particular focus on representation, audience and media language.

Module 2: In this unit you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills used in media production processes through the production of your own practical pieces.


Module 3: Media Investigation and production. This is the coursework module. In negotiation with your teacher, you will choose your own media text (or texts) to investigate. From your research, you will produce the following:
- a research investigation of 1400 to 1800 words
- practical production that is linked to your area of research
- brief evaluation of 500 to 700 words

Module 4: In this examined module you will study the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the industries which produce and distribute them. In this wide-ranging module you will examine a broad range of texts from the following industries:

• Television • Radio • Film • Music • newspaper • Magazine • Advertising • Computer Games

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English or English language. A genuine interest in, and enthusiasm for, all aspects of the media would be a distinct advantage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southmoor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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