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Media Studies A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

Media Studies is a developing and exciting curriculum choice to make at A level. The course focuses on how the media construct an interpretation of the world and how the practical process of media production works. By applying key concepts such as representation, audience theory and textual analysis you will learn to develop a critical approach to the media and its role in society. It offers students the opportunity to: • Explore all aspects of today’s media: newspapers, magazines, TV, film, radio, advertising, video games, music videos and online media • Undertake some practical production of media products such as TV sequences, music videos, film posters, magazines and online content.

Course content

The A Level Media Studies course is composed of three components: Media Products, Industries and Audiences (35%), Media Forms and Products in Depth (35%) and Cross-Media Production (30%).

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.

Financial information

All costs are met by the department; we provide a range of materials, such as digital camera equipment and editing software. Students are welcome to use their own equipment if they wish. Parents should make suitable insurance arrangements as appropriate.

Future opportunities

The UK’s media industry is exciting yet very competitive. It requires talented, multiskilled people who can successfully use their creativity, imagination, critical skills, and technical and design abilities to turn their ideas into effective media products. This A level will help students to explore their interests in the media world, and may be used for further study either towards a possible media career or for gaining access to a wide variety of university and other higher education degree courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.