Media studies is a two year A level course which aims to enable students to have a deeper understanding of the media’s role in society, culture, politics and the economy. It enables students to explore the usefulness of critical ideas about the media and of academic theories and subject-specific terminology. It also emphasises the importance of creative responses to media issues and debates, including media production.
The course focuses on a range of media texts and enables students to develop a critical understanding of the media, engaging with a range of theoretical frameworks to interrogate the nature of the industry and the texts which it produces. So if you enjoying analysing and discussing a range of texts this is the course for you. It is also an A level with a practical element so if you enjoying being creative and putting knowledge into practice this is a good choice of subject.
Media studies focuses on key issues and debates in relation to language, representation, the media industry and audiences. In order to explore the topics at A level a range of critical and analytical frameworks will be employed to evaluate the way that the media is constructed and operates. Student understanding of media will be developed through theoretical perspectives such as semiotics, feminism, post modernism and post colonialism. In lessons students will engage in a range of tasks which enable them to learn the theory which underpins the course as well as practically apply theory in the production of coursework.
Media studies can lead in to a wide range of degrees, from further studies of media, to cultural studies, English, sociology, politics, journalism, business, marketing or a range of combined subjects would be available. There are also diploma courses available for media and journalism and some employers off apprenticeships within the industry.
GCSE grade 5 in English language or English literature.
Year 12 consultation evening (o-z) 5.30-8.30 5:30pm on 22nd January 2018