The A level Media Studies course is designed for students who have a strong interest in the study of the media forms, such as Film, TV, Advertising, Magazines and Newspapers. Our programme of study is creative, critical and compelling in its approach, offering a unique combination and equal balance of theory and practical work. During the 2 year course, you will work with leading practitioners, reaping the benefits of close supervision from industry trained staff who are leaders in film, television and media production. Your study of Media will help you develop your appreciation of moving image and print media’s rich artistic, social and political traditions.
During the two-year course, students will learn about the following areas of study through close analysis of carefully chosen media texts, a thorough application of theoretical perspectives and a major coursework project.
Media Language: Through their forms, codes, conventions and techniques, students will learn how the media communicates meanings for audiences through media texts such as advertisements, television programmes and newspaper reports.
Media Representation: Students will discover how the media portrays events, issues, places, individuals and social groups through the processes of selection, construction and mediation of media texts.
Media Industries: This area of study will introduce students to the processes of production, distribution and circulation by media industries and how these affect media forms and platforms. Case studies of specific media institutions will be fundamental to this area of study.
Media Audiences: Students will learn how media institutions and their texts target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them and how members of audiences become producers themselves. The analysis of audience demographics and the diversity of social contexts will form the basis of this area of study.
Production Skills: Students are required to produce a major coursework project which is individually produced. Using the medium of digital video, students will devise and produce a media product, developing valuable practical skills in moving image production and post-production processes. Creativity is essential to this part of the course and is developed through the employment of industry-standard software available on our Apple Mac platform.
Assessment at the end of two years will be mostly examination-based. It is expected that 30% of the A Level will be based on coursework production. Assessments in preparation for the exams are written based and require excellent literacy skills as well as extensive reading around the subject. Creative flair and a vivid imagination is vital for the successful completion of all coursework elements.
A Level Media Studies oﬀers excellent preparation for any one of the range of Media or Film Studies courses available in higher education, with many of our students taking up offers from Royal Holloway University of London, University of Hertfordshire, Goldsmith’s University and Warwick University.
• Visit the Sky Academy at Sky Studios and media workshops with IntoFilm.
• Present your creative work at our annual SFX Media/Film and Art/Design Exhibition.
• Gain industry experience and learn to use industry standard software.
In addition to our Programme Entry RequirementsProgramme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:
Grade B in English Language