The media plays an increasingly important part in our lives and it is essential that everyone understands the power that the media has. This course will allow you to explore your own interests and to investigate subjects that concern you. If you are already a dedicated film buff, fascinated by celebrity images around you or interested in the way the press or reality TV shapes or destroys people's lives, then this may well be the course for you.
Course Content and Assessment
This course is available at AS and A Level.
Both courses start by studying media concepts, and
applying this knowledge to a study of broadcasting,
digital media and print. Afterwards you will have a
chance to make your own product, for example a short
film, radio broadcast or advertising campaign. Practical
coursework is worth 30%. Examination sat in May/June
is worth 70%.
The A-level course extends into the contexts of media
production, and looks at the key debates about media
effects, ownership and censorship. You will develop
your knowledge of media theory, considering issues
such as semiotics, gender and ethnicity issues, and
genre theories. Finally, you will produce a media
product linked to your own research as a piece of
coursework. Practical coursework is worth 30%.
Examination sat in May/June is worth 70%.
Extending Your Experience
It is essential that you have a clear understanding of
a wide range of media issues. You will no longer see
yourself as just another viewer or listener but begin to
question and challenge the way programmes and texts
are made. We hope to introduce you to a range of people
who have made their career in the industry.
Normally, you will be expected to have GCSE English
Language or Literature at grade B or higher.
However, it might be possible to take this course if you
have GCSE English or Literature at C grade.
Where will this Course take me?
GCSE Media Studies could be studied for its own
sake. Just as you learn to appreciate the finer points
of writing through a study of literature, so you will
learn to see the finer details in films, in television
programmes, magazines and newspapers. The course
will also allow you to learn more about texts that
already entertain and inspire you. A Media Studies
degree would help you to follow a career in Journalism,
Publishing, or Broadcasting.