A Level pathways are designed to prepare you for higher education.
Students' perspectives: 'I studied A Levels in English Literature, Film Studies and Media and got three grades A! I am going to study BA (Hons) Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University. I want to thank all my tutors at Bournville for their support and pushing me to achieve more than I ever expected.'
This course is based on 4 main areas of study: media concepts, media platforms (e.g. TV/film, digital/web-based media, newspapers/magazines), media debates (e.g. Reality TV, Regulation and censorship) and practical production. You will develop your understanding and appreciation of the media and also create a media product e.g. a video, magazine or website.
Subjects which go well with Media Studies are English and Film Studies, though you could choose from a wide range of Social Science and Humanities subjects.
The units available for AS are:
Module 1 Investigating Media In this unit you will learn about the key concepts of Representation, Institutions, Media Language including Narrative, and Media Audiences. Assessment will be a written paper of 2 hours.
Module 2 Creating Media For this unit you will create two media products. This may involve video production as part of a group, creating pages for a newspaper or magazine or creating web pages for an internet site.
The units available in A2 are Module 3 Critical Perspectives This will enable you to develop your approach to analysing the role of the media in today's society by referring to the wider contexts which affect and influence media content. You will consider media debates such as media technology and the digital revolution and the effect of globalisation on the media. Assessment will be a written paper of 2 hours.
Module 4 Media: Research and Production This involves researching a topic of your choice and producing an extended written report. This will be followed by creating a media product which is linked to the topic you have investigated.
Specification at a Glance Media Studies
AS Examination 1571 Unit 1 - Investigating Media Examination: 50% of the total AS marks 25% of the total A level marks 2 hours
Unit 2 - Creating Media Coursework: The creation of two linked production pieces 50% of AS marks 25% of the total A level marks
A2 Examination 2571 Unit 3 - Media: Critical Perspectives Examination: 25% of the total A Level marks 2 hours
Unit 4 - Media: Research & Production Examination: 25% of the total A Level marks 2 hours
Coursework: 25% of the total A Level marks
5 GCSE grades A-C including English Language (grade 5) and maths and an average GCSE score calculation of 5.3.
With a qualification in Media Studies you could go into higher education and/or work in the media, performing arts, advertising, public relations etc.