Media Studies A level at Woodbridge High School
The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of Media: communication and Production, whilst allowing scope to focus on selected platforms within the industry, e.g. Print, Broadcasting and E-media. You will study the relationship between media products, their meanings, their producers and their audiences. You will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of the media in society and will examine the moral and cultural implications of media texts and industry. You will acquire practical production skills and there will be the opportunity to research and produce your own media product using video and editing equipment and desktop publishing software.
Two units are studied in each year through the WJEC exam board: coursework (50%) and exam (50%). At AS, the coursework unit (Media Production Processes) is a practical production involving research, planning and production of 2 media texts, one desk-top published and the other filmed/edited. For the exam unit (Media Representations and Responses), you will study the key concepts of media language, representation and audience in the contemporary media landscape. At A Level, the coursework is a research essay on a topic of your choosing accompanied by a practical production which supports your research findings. The exam is based on media theories around text, industry and audience. You will learn about three media industries in depth: the TV industry, the Film Industry and Advertising.
Grade B in GCSE Media Studies or Grade B in English if you have not studied Media. An interest in Art, Business, Graphics, ICT, Drama, Design or English will be advantageous but not vital.
Assessment is through exam (50%) and coursework (50%). At AS, the exam is a 2 ½ hour written paper consisting of 3 questions, including one based on an unseen media text. The coursework is a practical production (desk-top published and filmed/edited) accompanied by a 1600 word production report. At A Level, the exam is a 2 ½ hour written paper consisting of 3 questions. The coursework is a 2000 word research essay accompanied by a practical production of your own choosing (can be filmed, print-media or e-media).
The Media is one of the fastest growing areas in higher education, with a high employment rate for media graduates. As well as a degree in Media Studies, other popular courses include Marketing, Events Management, Film Studies, Communications, Cultural Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, TV, Film and Radio Production and Web Design. Some students go straight out to work in the Media industry; previous students have gone on to work for News International, The BBC, The Times, Ant & Dec and Richard & Judy!. As well as continuing education and an introduction to the industry, a Media Studies A level will give you a mixture of skills that can be applied to many different occupations.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodbridge High School directly.