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Media Studies (GCE) at Shelley College

Course description

Why study Media Studies?

Media Studies is designed to enhance your enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the media and its role in your daily life.

The course introduces you both to media ideas and the practice of production, which gives you the chance to develop a real understanding of media platforms, the contemporary media landscape and the influential role of the media in today’s society.

This course helps you develop three relationships with the media. As a consumer, you’ll become more aware of the many ways in which media messages are presented to us, as well as discovering how the institutions which produce and distribute media products are trying to reach you.

If you want a career in media, producing and evaluating your own media productions will give you a real hands-on understanding of both how media messages are created and what they are aiming to do.

Course content

In the first year of the A Level course, the students will cover the core concepts of media studies. They will also begin to work on their three pieces of coursework that are a response to a brief set by the exam board.

The second year consists of two end of unit exams taken in June. In addition, students will submit their three pieces of coursework.

The unit exams account for 70% of the final A Level grade and the coursework 30%.

The course is based around a study of key media concepts and media platforms and the important questions and debates they raise, proving the essential  tools for any critical reading of media texts.

Investigations of contemporary media texts, research based case studies, and practical production projects will be underpinned by these key concepts and platforms.

Entry requirements

The aim of our entry criteria policy is to ensure students are taking courses they are well suited to and are able to make progress in. We seek to provide courses well matched to the needs of our students, helping them to follow their chosen progression pathway.

Due to changes in the curriculum set-up for GCSE, AS and A Level which are currently taking place, we have reviewed our entry criteria from 2018/19 onwards and will continue to review this annually until all curriculum changes are effective.

We have also decided that for the 2018/19 entry students, those with a 4 at English or Maths GCSE will be offered the opportunity to resit that subject in order to achieve a Level 5.

Our main College entry requirements are as follows;

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from five different subject areas.

Purely vocational pathway require a minimum of four 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from four different subject areas.

A BTEC qualification may be counted as equivalent to two GCSE passes if students choose to follow a vocational pathway (i.e, OCR Cambridge National in Sport).

 

There will be three pathways which students can follow based on an average grade produced from their seven best GCSE results. The calculation being used for this van be seen overleaf.

Pathway

Average Grade

Programme of study

1

Average grade of 7 or higher

3 or 4 A Levels

2

Average grade of 5 to 6.9

3 A Levels or a mixed A Level and Vocational pathway

3

Average grade of less than 5

Mixed (A Level and Vocational) or Vocational pathway

 

The method for calculating your average grade and additional subject requirements are within our full entry criteria document which can be found on the Sixth Form section of our website:

http://home.shelleycollege.org/sixth-form/how-to-apply

 

Assessment

The second year consists of two end of unit exams taken in June. In addition, students will submit their three pieces of coursework.

The unit exams account for 70% of the final A Level grade and the coursework 30%.

Future opportunities

Media studies naturally leads to careers in:

Journalism

Marketing

Advertising

Public relations

By knowing how the media operates, you’ll be able to decode messages more skilfully, and engage with topics that interest you. Students who take Media Studies often also take English Literature/Language, Drama & Theatre

Studies or Sociology and Psychology. As the media touches every person and every profession, the subject has a really broad application.

Possible career areas include:

Social work

Law

Civil service

Education

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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