Why choose Media Studies?
Are you a Netflix binge watcher, a vlogger, a gamer, a social networker, or simply a casual consumer of media products? Whatever your relationship with the mass media, you will benefit from the insight, knowledge and skills that a course in Media Studies can offer.
You will explore how media products make meaning and represent ‘reality’. You will study the companies that make them and the audiences that consume them. Does the media influence politics and social change? How do creative ideas get produced and distributed? What role does it play in our lives? What is the future of the news media?
The economic importance of the media is unquestionable. The creative industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy and the sector is now growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy (source: Gov.uk). The industry now accounts for 1 in 11 jobs (source: Guardian 01/01/2017). Studying an A Level in Media Studies is excellent preparation if you want to continue and train to work in the creative industries at higher education or in a vocational context.
Teaching and Learning Styles
70% of the lessons are classroom based and focus on discussing contemporary issues and exploring the media industries. You will need to be prepared to write coherent, thoughtful academic essays about the media. The final term of the first year is practical and, therefore, requires you to be creative and develop your IT skills. Teamwork, problem solving, working to deadlines, communication and IT skills will all be developed through the study of media forms and practical production work.
Resources & Facilities
We have professional Adobe software installed on all of our 25 desktop PCs. We use Full HD video cameras and Digital SLR cameras for print production work.
The A Level is assessed by 2 exams (70%) and coursework (30%). The exams, at the end of the second year, will test your ability to write essays under timed conditions.
Many students who study Media Studies at A Level go on to study a Media Production course at a university. For example, TV production, Multimedia Journalism, Film Production, and Advertising. You may want to combine the subject with Graphics, Business Studies, English or Law to eventually move into vocational areas such as marketing, events management, public relations or journalism.
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Media Studies||4||GCSE English at grade 5 or above.||Good level of creativity and willingness to develop new IT skills. Willingness to work as member of team. Good organisational skills.||Attendance at extra sessions for additional skills training. Print and/or video production - £5. Optional visits to film showings/ conferences.|