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A-Level

Media Studies

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Media Studies interrogates the media’s role in society, culture, politics and the economy. Focusing on communication processes and their impact on the lives of the individual, we explore a range of media platforms such as television, music videos, the radio, advertising, newspapers, the internet and video games.

Exam Board

AQA

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or English literature.

Assessment

  • 70% Exams
  • 30% Coursework
An introduction to Media studies Presentation About this course Pathways Information

What is media studies?

Media studies interrogates the media’s role in society, culture, politics and the economy. Focusing on communication processes and their impact on the lives of the individual, we explore a range of media platforms such as television, music videos, the radio, advertising, newspapers, the internet and video games. The Media Studies course is aimed at students who would like to develop their interest and knowledge in the mass media as both an organisation and process.

 

What will I study?

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. Your understanding of media will be developed through theoretical perspectives such as semiotics, feminism, post modernism and post colonialism.

This course encourages an active learning approach to the subject, which means that students develop the skills to confidently formulate their own opinions in relation to a range of topics related to the function, production, and content of the media. The teaching on the course encompasses a range of methods and styles and encourages student to participate actively in class and engage in discussion, presentation, and creative activities to stimulate understanding of the course. The course focuses on both the media industry and an analysis of the way that the media communicates with a range of audiences. The course employs a range of academic theory in both years which is a tool kit for the A level examination. Students will read a range of media texts in relation to representation, language, audiences, and production.

The analytical tool kits which students will use are genre and narrative theories, semiotics, and a range of counter ideology (such as Marxism, Feminism, Post Modernism and Post Colonialism) to interpret and deconstruct media texts. This is used as a platform to enable students to use theory to interrogate the complexities of both media texts and production.

 

Trips, visits and enrichments:

  • Trips to conferences such as Media Live! In Paris
  • Trips to media places of interest
  • Guest speakers

 

What can it lead to?

Media studies can lead to a wide range of degrees with many students going on to work in communication, cultural studies, journalism, business and marketing, politics and teaching. The skills learnt in the course are ideal for any higher education course because students are taught independent thinking skills, research methodology which they must put into practice and learn how to articulate and formulate their own opinions in an academic context. The course is also excellent preparation for any degree course which lends itself to critical, analytical or evaluative study which is central to the A level.

If you do not wish to go into higher education the course will teach you valuable skills which will be useful in the workplace.

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