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Media Studies A level at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

Media at LPGS is a contemporary and creative course; it allows you to study media in an academic context before applying these new skills to create your own products. Our students develop critical and reflective thinking skills as well as engage with a range of critical debates surrounding media. You will study a range of media forms – including newspapers, films, social media and music videos - applying a theoretical framework that consists of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The coursework element of A Level Media allows learners to create media products of their own that many of our past students have also used to build their portfolios for beyond A Level.

The department possesses its own facilities for filming and editing. We also have access to computers throughout the school to support the practical elements of this course.

Although a high percentage of our students pursue university degrees in media-related subjects, Media Studies is also an excellent complement to more traditional degree subjects.

Course content

Component 1:  Media Products, Industries and Audiences (35% of the A Level)

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth (35% of the A Level)

Component 3: Cross-Media Production (30% of the A Level)

Entry requirements

A Grade Level 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature is required. It is not necessary for you to have taken Media Studies at GCSE Level.

Skills required

A good knowledge of current affairs is important as you are required to keep up-to-date with the many issues and debates associated with contemporary media. The syllabus demands that you undertake a degree of directed and independent reading and research as well as have the ability to write well-structured analytical and critical essays. You should be able to demonstrate a critical approach to media issues and be able to appreciate the relationships between theory and practice. Also be prepared to experiment with a variety of technical and creative processes, and while no previous experience of practical work is necessary, you will be expected to show commitment through practical work outside of classes in order to develop your skills.

Assessment

You will sit exams to assess your skills in Components 1 (2hr 15 minutes) and Component 2 (2hr 30 minutes) at the end of year 13. The third module is a coursework component which will be assessed internally.

Future opportunities

Media Studies at A Level is an excellent foundation for communications or media courses at university as well as more general Arts degrees. The academic and practical aspects of the course are very rigorous, requiring both independent and inter-dependent learning. This is good preparation for any career, whether in media or otherwise.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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