What is the course about?
This is a fun, challenging, relevant course in which you will develop your written, analytical, creative and technical skills. You will get a chance to plan, create and evaluate a series of linked media products: moving image, print and web based. You will gain skills in video production, desk top publishing, web design and photography. We will explore media in the digital age, focusing on the impact of changing platforms and a global media culture. You will think about how the media represents groups, individuals, values and messages in the news and other media, drawing on a range of theories and perspectives.
Duration of course: 2 years
Exam board: OCR
What units/topics will be studied?
The course is 30% NEA (coursework) and for the NEA you will design and create a package of linked media products. For the exams, which are worth 70%, you will analyse an aspect of representation in unseen media products and your own NEA. The second examined unit looks at a range of media sectors such as video games, music videos and TV box sets. There are two exams taken in the summer at the end of the two year course.
What do I need to study this subject?
In addition to the college requirement of 5 or more A*-C grades and an appropriate G score, you will also need English Language GCSE grade 5 or above, and an interest in the subject.
What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
Watch a wide range of films and TV programmes. Regularly read the newspaper or news online, from a high quality source such as www.theguardian.com or www.bbc.co.uk. Try making films, publishing some journalism, making your own blog using your camera phone / laptop and free software. Useful text books include The Media Student’s Book- Branston and Stafford.
Where can this lead me?
Many of our students choose to go to study Media and related degrees at university. These include Media Production, Film and TV Studies, Sports and Media, Multimedia production, Journalism, and Marketing. Media A Level is also useful for university disciplines such as Sociology, Cultural Studies, Business, ICT, Graphic Design and English.
Entry Requirements 5 or more A*-C grades and an appropriate G score, you will also need English Language GCSE grade 5 or above, and an interest in the subject