Media is everywhere. In A-Level Media, we look at culturally significant theoretical perspectives in analytical writing and teach you how to use industry specialist software to construct a range of print, AV and online forms.
During this two-year course, you will study three main components of media. You will start by investigating what the media is. You will consider a range of media forms, from music marketing to video games. You will analyse media language, explore representations in the media, investigate media industries and consider audience behaviour. Relevant theories and case studies will help you to develop your own insight.
The second component will teach you more about media forms and products. You will study global television, mainstream and alternative magazines, plus media in the online age. You will also explore texts in more detail and become a critically engaged media consumer.
The third component focuses on cross-media production. You will construct an individual cross-media production using digital technology. This could be a television programme, design a magazine, plan and make a film or a music marketing campaign. You will also produce a portfolio of practical and creative work that utilises industry specialist software and equipment.
A GCSE grade 5 in English Language.
Your assessment will consist of 70% exams and 30% coursework. All of your assessments will take place at the end of your second year. However, there will be numerous progress tests and mock exams across both years to prepare you for these.
Once you have completed this course, you will achieve an A-Level in Media Studies, awarded by EDUQAS.
Once you have finished this course, you will be able to progress to university to study a range of degree courses. Media Studies is appropriate for a wide range of degrees and employment in the creative industries. It can also provide a pathway to a related career in the media, an excellent route for journalism, PR, marketing or communications.
You may wish to purchase a course textbook, which is available from www.illuminatepublishing.com and costs £24.50
We recommend that you take part in a range of opportunities to enhance your learning. Throughout the year, we will visit Lewes Depot for study days. In previous years, we have completed international trips to Berlin, New York, and a media conference at Disneyland Paris.