Summary

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.'

Description

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.

Key Areas

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

What Next

With a qualification in Media Studies you could go into higher education and/or work in the media, performing arts, advertising, public relations etc.

Entry Criteria

6 GCSE grades A-C including English language and maths and an average GCSE score calculation.


Course options

  • 2018/19 Full Time Day

    Provider

    Bournville College Birmingham

    Location

    Bournville Campus


    Mode of attendance

    2018/19 Full Time Day

    Days

    Please contact the college for days of the week

    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    16-18 September - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
    19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
    19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September £1,800 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    24+ September £1,800 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees
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