Media Studies A Level

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2017

WJEC

6SAS093311

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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

  • Develop skills in social media marketing, which are of fundamental importance to employers.
  • Become confident in pitching your creative ideas and explaining their merits.
  • Delve into the world of web design in order to become knowledgeable about what web users want.
  • Acquire skills in film and audio production that you will then evidence in projects.
  • Use photography to communicate your messages to consumers of mass media.
  • Study what role graphic design plays in communicating messages to audiences.

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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  • When I first visited Brock I fell in love with the College and the courses it had to offer. My Film Studies class went to Los Angeles in February 2016, which I wish could have lasted longer. That trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity and a real highlight for me.

    Beth Finch

  • 98.5%

    Overall A Level pass rate

    45%

    Of students gained A*-B grades

    75%

    Of students gained A*-C grades