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Media Studies at Dudley Sixth

Course description

This course gives advanced-level training in all theoretical aspects of the media industry, as well as the analytical tools required to investigate media texts.

Course content

Component 1 - Investigating Media Language and Representation

This component introduces learners to key aspects of the theoretical framework - media language and representation – as an essential basis for analysing media products from a range of forms. Theoretical approaches and theories will be used to inform and support analysis of media products. Learners will consider the influence of key aspects of social, cultural, historical and industry contexts on media products, as well as how audiences may respond to and interpret media products. Learners will develop their ability to use relevant subject-specific terminology in this component.

Component 2 - Investigating Media Forms and Products

Learners will explore three media forms (television, magazines and blogs) through close analysis of the set products, investigating their use of media language and the representations they offer in relation to relevant social, cultural, economic, political and historical contexts. Learners will also study media products in relation to the media industries in which they are produced, as well as considering the way in which audiences are targeted by media producers and the way in which they interpret and interact with the media. Relevant theories will inform study of the set products.

Component 3 - Media Production

This component synthesises learning from the areas previously studied, providing learners with the opportunity to show their knowledge and understanding in a practical way. In components 1 and 2, learners gain a detailed understanding of the theoretical framework in relation to a range of media forms. In this component, learners are required to apply their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences in an individual media production for an intended audience, based on one media form in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade B in a humanities subject, in addition to the general entry requirements.


Written exam and practical coursework.

Financial information

Studying at Dudley Sixth is free of charge, but if other costs are a barrier to you studying with us, we aim to help you to access financial support. Examples of support that could be available include:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply for help with college related costs to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. More information about the 16-18 Bursary can be found at the website: or call 01384 363 555.

Care to Learn

Students aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from or call 0300 303 8610.

Free meals

The government has introduced a new scheme to provide free meals for eligible learners in Further Education. The purpose of this new scheme is to enable students who claim benefits or live with parents/guardians who claim benefits to access a healthy meal whilst at college without the cost becoming a burden. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Learner support fund

If you're 19 before you finish your studies then help is available through the Learner Support Fund (19+) which provides means-tested grants to help students aged 19+ with any additional costs of studying. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Free Bus Pass

If you are 16-18, and a student of Dudley Sixth, you will be eligible* for a free bus pass, as long as you live one mile away or further from where we are based, and are not already in receipt of other financial support.

*Students with disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help.

If you have costs other than those mentioned here, which make it difficult for you to start or complete a course, you should still apply for help.

Future opportunities

Higher education. Career options include broadcast or print journalism, animation, marketing and event management.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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