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Media Studies AS & A Level at The Wellington Academy

Course description

It is not essential for pupils studying Media Studies to have previously studied at GCSE level.  The course begins with an initial skills course which reflects upon the key concepts of media language, institutions, genre, representation, audience, ideology and narrative.  Pupils will learn analytical skills that will allow them to deconstruct a range of media texts on different platforms and then explore theoretical perspectives that will allow them to fully interrogate them.  From this basis production skills will be developed.  The coursework aspect of this course requires pupils to respond to a set brief on two different platforms allowing pupils to select according to their interests, to a degree.  Production pieces must be fully realised at this level.  The examination tests pupils’ skills of analysis and asks them to reflect upon a cross media study which can take a range of forms and fall into a number of genres.

The A2 course develops pupils independence further and allows them to deepen their own understanding of areas of the media that interest them through a research project that then leads into a linked production piece.  This time there is no brief and pupils have the scope to explore the subject, beyond the classroom foci.  Again platforms are not specified, so there is the potential for the development of new skills there. The examination for this year, focuses upon a range of issues and debates that have shaped the media landscape, using case studies as a starting point, pupils are asked to apply their knowledge synoptically to the debate.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C at GCSE including English and maths plus subject specific requirements

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016

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