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Media Studies at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

Course description

Aims of the Course
Media Studies is a course designed to enhance the student’s ability to interpret the media texts which form an important part of our daily lives. One of the strengths of studying AS Media is the way in which it can empower students both as consumers and as producers of media. The dynamic nature of both the subject itself and the structure of the course provides an excellent grounding for students wishing to pursue a career in Media and to extend their analytical understanding of our mediated world.

Course Content

The course involves analysis of a wide variety of media products including film, music, magazines, adverts and computer games. The students will learn technical terminology which will help them to produce high quality critical analysis. In addition to the experienced, enthusiastic and committed staff the school also boasts up-to-date technology to enable the students to produce high quality practical work. As a major part of their course students produce their own media product using High Definition cameras and then edit their productions on Apple Mac computers. The course is designed to train the student to:

* enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in daily life

* develop an intelligent understanding of how media products are constructed

* explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts

* develop independent research skills and use their knowledge to produce high quality practical and written work

* form independent views and interpretations of the media products they consume. aS media STudieS:


Unit 1: Media Representations and Responses: Having studied and analysed a wide range of different genres and media products, students have a written examination. There are three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print based material.

Unit 2: Media Production Processes: This is the practical element of the course. There are three components: one pre-production; one production piece and one report on the production process.

Method of Assessment
Students are assessed through one practical coursework assignment and one written examination. Throughout the course they will be required to produce essays and written analysis of media products.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 programmes. A grade C in English Language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

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