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Media Studies A Level at Excelsior Academy

Course description

Media is everywhere, whether it is traditional media such as radio, newspaper, television or newer media through new and digital media such as social network, websites, internet and games. As a subject media seeks to develop an informed understanding of the ways in which 'Media' inuences our life, as well as the way they shape our perception, attitudes, desires and behaviour. Within Media studies you will take on the role of jobs in the Media industry and be given briefs to work from and deadlines to make.

Course content

At AS, candidates investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies:

- Unit 1: Investigating Media
- Unit 2: Creating Media

At A2, candidates are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its inuential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary media issues:

- Unit 3: Critical Perspectives
- Unit 4: Media: Research and Production.

Entry requirements

GCSE Media Studies or English Language Grade C or above


The AS specification is designed to be taken over one year The A2 is a follow on from the AS and is designed to taken over one year.

- Unit 1 - 2 hour exam
- Unit 2 - Coursework which includes two practical productions.

- Unit 3 - 2 hour exam
- Unit 4 - Coursework on production and linked critical essay

Future opportunities

Media Studies naturally leads to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. But an awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers, such as social work, law, medicine and education.

By knowing how the media operates you'll be able to decode messages more skilfully, and engage with topics that interest you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Excelsior Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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