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Media Studies AS/A Level at Croesyceiliog School

Course description

We are now living in a Media age. Communications technology and the changes it has brought to our daily lives has made the understanding of the Media as vital for  21st century living and working as reading, writing, numeracy and I.T.

We are constantly bombarded and influenced by Media texts and Media students learn how to question and understand them, developing their awareness of the ideology and politics of our society and culture.

Media Studies is the critical analysis of a range of Media forms and texts. It is a challenging but enjoyable course on which students will be taught to analyse and research industries and how various Media formats are produced, circulated and consumed.

Students will examine the development of Media institutions, analyse the ways in which different Media represents the world and critique audiences’ reactions to varying productions. This course is an ideal accompaniment to other A Levels in Humanities, the Arts, Social Sciences, or Politics.

Course content

The A Level specification has been designed to attract candidates with a broad based set of qualifications and there is no need for pupils to have done Media Studies GCSE. Such candidates will be well equipped to meet the demands of this rigorous intellectual framework with its emphasis on analysis, research and application to real Media situations and industries.

Modern Media Forms is the introductory module to equip students with the necessary analytical tools for reading media texts. Analysis will include the study of advertising, tabloid and broadsheet newspapers, magazine front covers, radio sequences, contemporary film extracts, TV sequences and Internet web pages.

Media Representation and Reception requires students to engage with the debates that media texts raise. Connections will be made between studied texts and the key concepts of presentation and ideology. These include issues such as representation and stereotyping, preferred readings, censorship, moral panics and realism.

Making Media Texts enables students to put theory into practice. They will need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of media practice through technically competent, concise media creation.

The focus will be on smaller tasks enabling students to develop a range of pre-production, production and key skills. Each candidate will need to produce two portfolios, each containing three pieces of work.

In recent years the mass Media has become an important focus for exploration by students in an increasingly Media saturated world. This specification offers candidates a framework through which they can study the distinctive contributions which the mass Media make to their understanding and enjoyment of the world in which they live. Through a variety of approaches to the changing Media environment students will develop a critical and analytical approach to the range of Media texts as well as the Media institutions which create and circulate them.

This will include attention to the textual characteristics of the forms of output and representation to be found in those media texts. Candidates will further explore the kinds of relationships the texts propose with audiences through a range of research, pre-production and production activities. The framework will be further extended by directing attention to the deeper study of selected Media industries and to the changes and debates surrounding the deployment, expansion and impact of Media technologies such as the internet and the growth of digital media within an international context.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 5 A* to C grades.
  • A minimum of a grade C in Maths and English.

Entry requirements to join Media Studies - students need to have gained at least a Grade B in one or more of the following subjects – English Language, English Literature, Art or History. Other qualifications will be considered individually.

Assessment

Assessment is through written examination papers of 2½ hours worth 50% of the marks, plus the submission of portfolios of coursework assignments worth 50% of the marks.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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