Media Studies

Curriculum

As a student of A Level Media Studies you will develop your intellectual, critical and creative responses to a varied and challenging curriculum.

You will study a wide range of media industries, audiences, texts, contexts and representations, deepening your engagement with the media and your understanding of how it impacts on the way we think and act.

Through focused discussion, independent research, extended study of case study texts and regular written assessment, you will demonstrate a developing understanding of various media forms: online and printbased newspapers, magazines, advertising, music videos, computer gaming, radio, film and television. Production coursework will enable you to develop and enhance your production skills, creating a blog, website and media product to a professional standard.

Your knowledge of key concepts, terminology, current issues and debates will grow as you progress through the 2-year course. You will be a media consumer, critic and producer.

Progression

University degrees in media production, cultural studies or english. It will also be very useful for going on to study other creative/practical courses like photography or graphic design and courses such as business studies and marketing.

Careers

Media production; camera person; director; editor; advertising; marketing or PR.

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE English – Grade 4 and, if studied, grade 4 in GCSE Media Studies.

Assessment

70% Exam (Paper 1 – 32.5%, Paper 2 – 37.5%) – externally assessed.
30% Non-Exam Assessment – teacher assessed.

Opportunities for work related activities

These will consist of visits to media industry sites, primarily in Bristol and London; links with the BBC and BFI; Q&A sessions with industry professionals. cinema trips to the Watershed and other venues in Bristol.

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