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Media Studies at Reepham High School and College

Course description

Media Studies has a global significance; the development of new technology has ensured that this has been a growing industry over the past decade. In the UK, the media sector employs 550,000 people and encompasses opportunities in animation, computer games, film production, interactive media, radio and television. Students who study Media will complete four units across the two years, two of which are internally-assessed coursework portfolios and a further two externally-assessed examinations. Aside from an introduction to the core concepts and theories, the A level course covers the following topics:

The thriller genre - understanding conventions and closely analysing examples before researching, planning and producing the opening sequence to a film. Television drama - studying the genre and analysing sequences to establish how different representations are constructed. The British film industry - working through case studies (including a link with Working Title Films) to learn about the processes of film production. Media and Collective Identity - discovering and analysing how youth cultures are represented through a variety of media. Music video - studying the development of, and analysing various examples before researching, planning and producing a music video, album artwork and a magazine advertisement for an unsigned artist. If you are willing to work hard and enjoy the challenge, creativity and debate of Media, then this course is for you.

It provides an excellent basis for further study of Media, as well as communications or cultural themed studies. As an A or AS Level it can combine with a number of different subjects to offer a broad understanding of contemporary issues and debates, which do not limit future career choices.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English or Mathematics and have to meet the minimum entry requirements for each subject. Grade‘C’or equivalent in Media Studies or Grade ‘B’in English Literature

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reepham High School and College directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years