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Media Studies A Level at Launceston College

Course description

Component 1 – Investigating Media Language and Representation
Component 2 – Investigating Media Forms and Products
Component 3 - Media Production (non-exam assessment)

Course content

Component 1 - This component introduces students to the knowledge, understanding and skills required to analyse media products through the study of key areas of the theoretical framework - media language and representation. Students study media language and representation in relation to the following forms: music video and video games, advertising and film marketing, newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes. Component 2, In this component, students build on the knowledge and understanding developed in Component 1 by studying all four areas of the theoretical framework. Students study media language, representation, media industries and audiences in relation to: television, magazines, blogs. Component 3: Students create an individual media production in one form, applying their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audiences in response to a choice of set briefs.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirement – grade 5 in 5 subjects including English and maths. There is no requirement to have studied GCSE media studies.

Further information

Equipment required- – It is important to have your own camera. These can be purchased for around £130 and your media teacher will guide you on makes and models. A memory card for the camera will also be required and these cost around £20-£30. Many students will qualify for a bursary which will help cover the cost of this equipment. You are welcome to purchase your own text book or revision guides, however any books supplied by College will incur a £15 book deposit. If you return the book in a useable state, you will receive your £15 back.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Launceston College directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 1-2 years