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Media Studies A-Level at Coopers School

Course description

Media Studies allows students to investigate a range of media products, gaining an understanding of how they are produced and how they are received by different audiences. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts will be studied in terms of different media products, platforms and technologies.

There are opportunities at both AS and A2 level for students to develop understanding of media products through creating their own media products. Throughout the course, students will also be encouraged to examine the media in a less formulaic way and demonstrate, develop and apply their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary media issues. Media Studies complements other subjects such as Film Studies, English Language, English Literature and Sociology.

Course content

Unit 1 - Investigating Media – Students will develop an understanding of the contemporary media landscape and demonstrate their understanding through a response to an unseen media text and a response to a case study question, which will be developed in lessons.

Unit 2 - Creating Media – Students will be asked to respond to a media brief and undertake research, planning, production and evaluation materials linked to two media platforms.

Unit 3 – Critical Perspectives – Students will develop and extend on their learning from AS and as well as exploring contemporary media products further, they will also be expected to gain an understanding of media theories and wider issues and debates. Students will also explore two pre-set topic areas - ‘Identities and the Media’ and ‘The impact of New/Digital media’. Students will develop in-depth case studies, covering a range of media platforms.

Unit 4 – Research and production – Students are expected to conduct a critical investigation into a topic of their choice through research and analysis. Students will then show development from AS productions by creating a fully realised media artefact linked to their investigation.

Typical lessons will involve group and individual work to develop an understanding of the key concepts which form all media products. Students will take part in analysis, presentations and practical work to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills of media analysis and production.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language B or better

Future opportunities

Media Studies opens up opportunities for employment in Journalism, Media Law, Education, Advertising, Video Gaming and the general Media sector. It also makes employment links with the following sectors: Technology, the Creative Arts and Communication.

As the world continues to become more media/technology driven every profession is finding it more essential to have staff who are media literate and proficient at media production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coopers School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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