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Media Studies A level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

An introduction to ‘quality’ media, the course will encourage students to make critical analyses of media products as well as developing media production skills. Topics from a wide range of media are covered and students undertake both group and individual research with a view to evaluating media products and then presenting their information effectively. Options for continuing education include film and TV studies, music, journalism, media and cultural studies whilst career opportunities include advertising, PR, film, TV and radio, marketing and design.

A lively, exciting and enjoyable course for everyone who understands the significance of media products in the twenty-first century. 

Course content

TV, pop videos, cinema and censorship, media theories, documentaries, realism, internet, comics, marketing, packaging, pop music, British film, cult TV, trailers, billboards, posters, and much, much more. 

Critical analysis.  Practical skills in planning and producing media products (print, audio, audiovisual, multi-media).  Love and enthusiasm for the world of the media.  Presentation and research skills will also be developed.  You will also engage in on-going discussion about media related topics. 

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a BTEC qualification will also be considered).  In addition we expect students to have achieved a B grade at GCSE in English Literature, English Language or Media Studies. 

Assessment

50% coursework (25% AS – 25% A2).

Two written papers (2.5 hours each) including one question on unseen texts at AS and essay questions on three different industries (i.e. film, television and pop music) at A2.

Practical coursework requires candidates to plan, produce and evaluate their own media product (print based i.e. Film Marketing campaign or DVD package design) at AS and then investigate the media via a research essay that leads onto a second production in a different media (i.e. audio or multi-media) at A2. 

Future opportunities

An introduction to courses like film studies, women’s studies, sociology, media studies, cultural studies, journalism, practical production, TV studies etc at University.

Work in advertising, PR, film, marketing, TV, music, journalism, radio, graphics, design etc.

Further information

Regular visits to the cinema and other places of interest for media students are a staple part of Media AS and A2 course provision.  The Medway Media Conference is an annual event coordinated by the school and takes place in November. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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