Media Studies A Level at Ivybridge Community College
This is an exciting and creative course, which explores some of the most important issues of our time. We consume media products every time we switch on the TV, listen to the radio, go to the cinema or log on to a computer. We are surrounded by posters when we walk down the street or hooked by headlines as we stroll into the supermarket. The mass media have an enormous amount of power and influence in our lives. These lessons will give you the opportunity to analyse the effects of this media consumption, how media institutions operate and the hidden agendas behind the stories we see.
What will you study?
Much of what you study depends on what interests you; there is plenty of choice. You will analyse films, television programmes, websites, magazines, newspapers and computer games and cover such topics as stereotyping and representation, censorship, propaganda and media violence.
At AS and A2 Level, there is an opportunity for offsite trips to enhance your studies of the contemporary media landscape; including regular visits to the local multiplex and art-house cinemas.
In order to be considered for an Advanced Subsidiary Course, which leads to a full Advanced Level, students will be expected to have gained an absolute minimum of five GCSE grades at C or above in Mathematics and English, with a minimum of B grades in their chosen subjects having been studied at a higher tier. Students achieving a C grade at GCSE in their chosen subject may be accepted only by negotiation and agreement with the Team Leader for that subject.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ivybridge Community College directly.