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Media Studies AS Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

A Level Media Studies is a stimulating and creative subject that helps you to develop analytical, research and practical production skills.

These provide an excellent foundation for careers in media industries such as advertising, journalism, graphic design, film and television production, and marketing.

Drawing on your existing personal experience, you will develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and write about the media, in particular television, film, newspapers, magazines, advertising and music.

You will learn the fundamental concepts, ideas and theories informing the study of the media, including media language, the nature of representations, genre, narrative, ideologies, industry and audiences.

As this course focuses on contemporary media, you will be expected to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

Because the media is an ever-changing industry, there isn’t any one textbook that covers this course. We aim for you to develop your own views and interpretations to explore how and why we interact with the media.

You will also undertake creative production work to help you gain a greater appreciation of the media. In second year in particular, you will research and create a production informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN

This subject requires
  • an average GCSE points score of 4.8 points
  • B or above in English Language or Literature.


Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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