Media Studies A Level

Sixth Form

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Location

Awarding body

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Full Time - September 2017

WJEC

6SAS093311

Course introduction

Have you ever wondered how the media really work, and how they help construct the world we see?

Perhaps you’ve often wondered about the truth behind dominant media representations of facts, people and places.

If this sounds like you, then this is your chance to unlock these mysteries, produce original work, and improve as an analyst, commentator, writer and thinker.

Whether you see yourself as a comic nerd, reality TV buff, aspiring journalist, the new Tarantino, an avid gamer, or anything else: you could do really well at Media Studies.

Why choose Brock for Media Studies A Level?

At Brock we give you Media Studies teachers who are committed to discovering your full potential.

They are experienced, approachable and understand exactly what it takes to achieve a top grade in this challenging and rewarding subject.

Importantly, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment to help you develop both your theoretical and practical media skills in print and video production.

Teaching & learning

You will analyse a range of areas including media language, narrative, genre, audiences, institutions, ideology and representation.

From day one there will be a rich mixture of traditional teaching and cultural engagement opportunities that include trips in the UK and abroad.

Recent trip destinations have included:  BBC Broadcasting House, the Barrandov Film Studios in Prague, the Berlin Film Museum, The Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool, Media City in Manchester, and The British Board of Film Classification.

Course structure

  • Examine meanings and representations in the media to help you study with a newly refined perspective.
  • Study media forms and products in considerable detail, concentrating on TV, print and online media.
  • Complete a cross-media project to evidence your progress in the subject.
  • Develop a critical understanding of media industries and their influence on our lives.
  • Develop practical production skills across a range of media.
  • Gain understanding of a range of contemporary media theories and apply them to a wide variety of contemporary texts.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • English language

In addition, if you’ve studied media studies at GCSE we expect a grade C.
 

Information & support

You will have to pay a studio fee of £25 to help purchase and maintain equipment. In addition, you will have to cover the price of any trips you choose to join.

What can I do with this qualification?

This course can form part of your route into higher education, particularly if you are interested in pursuing a media-related programme.

This in turn can lead to a career in film, television or newspapers and magazines. In fact, some of our past students have gone on to achieve notable success in media industries.

Finally, this qualification will give you a lifelong awareness and critical understanding of the media landscape around you.

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  • Brock has been absolutely brilliant in preparing me for my future, I feel happy and confident. My tutors are all so supportive and there is a really friendly atmosphere.

    Emily Smith

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