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Media Studies WJEC Eduqas A Level at The Sixth Form at Cornwallis Academy

Course description

The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable.

The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit. The globalised nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

This A level course offers you the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of these key issues, using a theoretical framework and theories to support critical exploration, analysis and debate. The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products (film marketing, magazines, adverts, music video, newspapers, radio, video games and TV drama) is central to the course offering you opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms. You will also work to debate key critical questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media.

This course also comprises practical work, providing you with exciting opportunities to develop media production skills in different forms and to apply your knowledge and understanding and become creators of meaning yourselves.

You will be offered the opportunity to create your own lifestyle magazine and linked website. A level Media Studies combines well with a wide variety of other A-Level subjects, especially English. A qualification in A-Level Media Studies is helpful if you wish to go on to a media-related Higher Education course or work within the media industry itself.

Course content

Summary of Assessment:

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences Written examinations: 2 hours 15 minutes 35% of qualification Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 35% of qualification Section A: Television in the Global Age Section B: Magazines—Mainstream and Alternative Media Section C: Media in the Online Age

Component 3: Cross-Media Production Non exam assessment 30% of qualification

An individual cross-media production for a lifestyle magazine and related website.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 grade in GCSE Media Studies or minimum  grade 5in GCSE English



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Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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