WJEC A Level Media Studies at The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus
The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society.
The course offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of key issues, using key concepts and a variety of critical perspectives to support critical exploration and reflection, analysis and debate. The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the specification, offering opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms. The course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the transnational nature of the media, considering the effect of different national contexts on representations in media products, the global reach of media industries, and the targeting of audiences on a national and global scale.
Students applying for an A Level in Medis Studies should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a Portfolio along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.
Successful college interview
Year 1 AS level Unit 1 Written Exam 24% Unit 2 Coursework 16% Year 2 A Level Unit 3 Written Exam 36% Unit 4 Coursework 24%
You can get financial support to help you with your chosen College courses if you’re aged 16-19 and fit certain criteria.
Vulnerable Student Bursary
This is a bursary worth up to £1200, depending on your circumstances and benefits. You must be:
- Under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for
- Studying at a School or College, or an unpaid training course
AND at least 1 of the following applies:
- You’re in, or recently have left, Local Authority case
- You get Income Support of Universal Credit in your name
- You’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP in your name.
If you’re a parent, you will also need to be living away from your own parents to qualify. You will get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.
All applications will be treated with complete confidence.
Discretionary Bursary Fund
The Creative and Media Studio School also has a Discretionary Bursary Fund. The criteria for this fund is set by ourselves.
How can this help me?
This fund is for Students who are facing genuine financial barriers to participating in education. Its aim is to help with essentials and is not a cash payment, but a payment in kind for particular items needed. Typical ways this fund has been used by the Studio School includes
- Bus passes to and from College, where the distance travelled justifies this
- Specialist course equipment
- Costs incurred for placements and business engagement opportunities
- Transports and fees for course events/trips/university visits
- Transports and fees for enrichment events offered, or arranged, by the Studio School which could benefit the student’s progression routes
As a Studio School we have a duty to ensure all funds are awarded fairly to students most in need, therefore, all applications cannot be guaranteed. We ask that all students are:
- Are under 19 years at the start of the year the bursary is needed for
- Have at least 90 % attendance
- Are meeting expectations for good behaviour and progress
- Are in receipt of Free School Meals
Students who received Free School Meals do not automatically receive them at Post 16. Applications to the Local Authority must be made by the parents. We urge parents to make an application for FSM if this was the case at High School OR if your family circumstances have changed recently. To apply for FSM, please contact Kirklees Local Authority on 01484 221928, stating that your child is on roll at the Creative and Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus and you would like to discuss FSM with the relevant department.
How to apply:
Application Forms to the Discretionary Bursary Fund can be collected from Angela Shufflebottom or the main NLC School Admin Office. Please fill in the form, ensuring you:
- Meet the above eligibility criteria
- Complete the application form answering all the questions in full – don’t forget to sign it
- Attach the evidence as indicated on the application form (original evidence is required which will be photocopied and returned to you)
Ask your child to hand in the application form, with evidence, to Angela Shufflebottom at the Studio School main office.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.