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Media Studies A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

The media plays an essential part in all of our lives. We all use the media for information and entertainment. It enables us to construct an understanding of the world. It encourages us to accept or reject particular values, beliefs and lifestyles. This subject explores the influence the media can have, the language it uses and its relationship with the audience. It is an interesting and demanding course that will encourage students to develop skills in many areas. Students develop strong academic, analytical, creative, technical and research skills. Media Studies is an excellent choice for students who want to understand their relationship with the media and how they can use this knowledge to their advantage.

Course content

Each year of the course is divided into two modules. In the first year students will develop skills that will enable them to analyse and understand a range of media including television, radio, advertising, print media and computer games. It will also look at a range of theoretical perspectives including representation, genre, narrative, ideology and audience. The course enables students to understand how the media is causing revolution in society and places students at the forefront of change. The course is assessed by 50% examination and 50% coursework. Coursework for the first year is focused on producing a piece of radio journalism. Students will plan, script, record and produce a radio broadcast. The second year will require students to develop practical skills in different areas of the media. It offers the opportunity for students to work with moving image projects such as music video, film trailers, advertising, or print media through which students can study the music industry, television drama and print advertising.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. GCSE English Language at grade C or above. An interest in English Literature.

Future opportunities

Media Studies offers excellent preparation for any degree course in which communication skills are important. Students will develop and be able to offer evidence of a multitude of transferable skills. It complements most other subjects and students can go on to study media/ communications, journalism, marketing and public relations based subjects at degree level. A large percentage of media students go onto further study at university or into media employment. The department is currently developing strong links to BBC North at Salford Quays and other media industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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