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Media Studies AS Level at Graveney School

Course description

This modern and innovative course reflects the growing importance of Media Studies as a subject, allowing candidates to engage with contemporary media, mixing theoretical and practical work, and offering areas of study and experiences that are extremely relevant to current and future employers in the creative industries and beyond. The new reformed ‘A’ level specification aims to provide students taking Media Studies at Graveney with the opportunity to work in a range of media formats, individually and in groups. You will be expected to make full use of the department’s online resources as well as presenting much of your work through the creation of your own e-portfolios and blogs. We also aim to provide you with the opportunity of exhibiting all of your hard work by entering into a number of National awards events throughout the year. This is an opportunity that will bring to life the work you have done in the classroom.

Media Studies offers students the opportunity to combine a theoretical understanding of the mass media in society and methods for analysing media texts (e.g. television
programmes, films, advertising and the press) with the development of practical skills for media production. The balance of theory and practical work means allows
students to learn about how media industries operate; researching and investigating issues and debates about the role of the media in society. Alongside this, students
will be given regular opportunities to develop practical and creative experience in media production, and will work with media professionals whenever possible to enable them to develop their skills. This work will include training in the use of the specialist hardware and software associated with digital photography, web, audio and video production, studio and portable lighting, and non-linear editing.


Exam 1: Investigating the Media – 1 hour 45 mins
exam (35% of AS level)
Section A: Investigating Media Language and Representation – Advertising and Marketing, Music Video, Newspapers.

Section B: Investigating Media Industries and Audiences – Advertising, Film Marketing, Radio, Video Games.
Exam 2: Investigating Media Forms and Products – 2
hour exam (35% of AS)
Section A: Television – ‘Life on Mars’ (2006)
Section B: Magazines – ‘Vogue’ (1965)
Section C: Online Media

Future opportunities

Many media students go on to do a range of degrees, often at Russell Group universities. Most recently we have seen students taking up places at Exeter, Liverpool,
Bristol, Southampton and Manchester. Media studies provides students with contemporary academic knowledge and a skillset that is highly transferable and
sought after by employers. For those who do choose to go into one of the media industries, the subject prepares you for a great deal more than just training for a specific job.
Media studies, and its related topics, are of most value in developing a range of abilities, that will enable you to understand the most dynamic sectors of the
modern economy, offer skills in research, presentation, communication and team-working, plus the ability to think critically and creatively and in so doing, become
one of the innovators of the future. We have many previous students who now work professionally in the media, ranging from film and television production through to event management and video games design.

As a department we have strong links with a range of professional media organisations and professionals who regularly contribute to the teaching and learning, as well as providing career opportunities such as work experience and training. We also regularly submit many of our students short films for national awards such as The Moving Image Awards and EMC Media magazine Production Awards, often resulting in our students being nominated for and winning awards. So for Media Studies, there really is no better place than Graveney.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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