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Media Studies A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

An A Level in Media Studies will give you a deeper insight into how the media works in the UK and around the world. You will understand the processes involved in exchanging information, and how the entertainment industry is structured. This includes the film industry, music industry, video games industry, print industry and new media (web 2.0).

If you're contemplating a career in the media, or are simply interested in any of the above media sectors, you should find this course stimulating and enjoyable. It also compliments many of the core subjects you may study at A Level, offering you a range of transferrable skills.

You'll write various essays requiring skills of analysis, interpretation and debate. You will be able to comment on topics like globalisation of the media, democracy in the online age, advertising, media regulation and the impact of social networking sites on traditional media platforms. The coursework component of the A level will allow you to produce media texts in print, radio, film, or web design.

Course content

YEAR ONE UNITS

Unit 1 - Investigating Media is externally assessed via an exam; students will be given stimulus material which could be either print based or moving image. Students will have to answer questions about how the material is constructed, as well as answering an essay question on a set study topic. The skills to do this come from studying the “key concepts” of Media; this is based around case studies and analysis of a variety of different media products such as TV shows, films, advertising, newspapers, and e-media such as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

You will learn about how people and places are represented in the media and how media productions target themselves to particular audiences, gaining a basic understanding of the role of marketing and the advertising industry. You will explore media institutions and the importance of who produces what we consume, and how audiences are now, more and more, producing our own media products. Also focused on are media genres within broadcast texts, and their importance for audiences, and how media texts use narrative structures to tell stories.

Unit 2 - Creating Media is the coursework; you will have to research around and then create a media production for a particular target audience, gaining skills in the use of Photoshop and web design software. You can choose from an e- media, broadcast or print based production piece of work i.e. magazine articles, film/TV trailers or an interactive website.

YEAR TWO UNITS

At A Level, in Unit 3 Critical Perspectives you will investigate in more depth the media within society; looking at media theory, issues and debates raised by the texts we study and look at how contexts influence the media.

You will study two issues which are represented within the media (people, places, events, groups) and the impact of new/digital media (TV/Film, Social Networking/Video Games/Music)

Unit 4 - Media. Research and Production the coursework will be a critical investigation essay of a media text of your choosing, and you will have to produce a practical production piece linked to your research. This could for example be in the form of an opening sequence to a soap opera, a film trailer, and advertising campaign, an interactive website or a magazine article.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a grade C in GCSE English Language

Assessment

Unit 1 and 3 exams are externally marked.
Unit 2 and 4 coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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