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Course overview

 

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.

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.

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.

 

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or English literature.

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