Course Details

A Level Media Studies is a course where you focus mainly on theoretical content, although instruction in practical, print production methods (using Photoshop) is also given, to demonstrate the theory learnt. The Media plays a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics, shaping our perceptions of the world and therefore important to our lives today. The A level syllabus offers you the opportunity to develop an informed understanding of the key issues through critical exploration, analysis and debate. You should have a high degree of language skills and will develop these further by exploring academic areas, including, critical analysis, evaluation and textual analysis. Essay writing forms an essential part of the course and the academic and specialised skills gained on the course are intended to be transferable through to further studies or employment.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 9/A*-4/C including English language and Maths. You need to have an active mind to explore different interpretations and, most importantly, a high level of English and to enjoy writing. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project prior to enrolment.

Career options

Media Studies is a recommended subject if you are thinking of a Media related career which includes many areas of employment, such as Social Media Management or as a Multimedia Specialist, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, Writing, Marketing, P.R. and Television.

A Level Media Studies

Five highlights

  • 1 It broadens your awareness of the world around you.
  • 2 Creates an awareness to the power of the Media today.
  • 3 Offers understanding of others and a variety of viewpoints.
  • 4 Develops communication and written skills.
  • 5 Encourages creativity, not just in practical work but also of thought.

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • WJEC A level in Media Studies


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Course code Location Course length Start date
ART056CD1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

Through studying a range of media products you will explore their historical context and debate their social, cultural, political and economic role. You will also consider the global nature of the media today and the impact this has on media products and processes. Media Studies aims to offer you an understanding of the dynamic relationship between media products, media industries and audiences.

How will I be taught?

Presentations will accompany most lessons and will be available afterwards on the college intranet for revision purposes. There will be some full screenings (although we are not a Film Appreciation Society so don't expect this most lessons). Individual and group creative activities, written assignments/timed questions to improve written communication skills and lots of interactive discussion (crucial to understand the viewpoints of others). Computer tuition in Photoshop and creative design. A Le

How will I be assessed?

3 Assessments at the end of Year Two 1) Investigating the Media Written exam —1 hr 45 mins = 35% of the A Level 2) Investigating Media Forms and Products Written exam—2 hours =35% of the A Level 3) Media Production (Coursework)

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