media studies

A Level Media Studies

Exam Board
Entry requirements Grade 5 or above in GCSE English or English Language. GCSE Media is an advantage but not essential.
What will I study?
• You will develop your analytical skills and apply them to a range of media, including the rapidly developing digital media
• You will develop an awareness of the key role that representation plays in the media
• You will expore the way audiences/users are positioned by the media but may still respond or interact in diverse ways
• You will explore media issues in a creative context as well as develop appropriate production skills
• In preparation for the exam topic, you will have an opportunity to research topics in the media which form the basis for your production work, thus developing your research and production skills
• You will build towards exploring the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the organisations which produce and distribute them
Unit 1: Media Representations and Audiences 2hr30, 50% of AS Level
Unit 4: Media- Text, Industry and Audience 2hr30, 25% of A Level 
What skills will I gain?
You will become highly adept at research and evaluation, developing skills which enable you to analyse the representation, purpose and messages behind different media texts You will become skilled in planning and producing your own ‘real’ media text (a spy film trailer or title sequence for AS Media). An ability to explore the representation and meanings of different media texts and how they convey their meanings to different audiences Independence and motivation - a lot of this course requires you to work independently and set your own targets and deadlines.
Studying beyond the classroom 
An interest in TV, film and print based media is essential as students are expected to build up their own resources and case study materials.
Future pathways
Students go on to study Media at University, going into professions like journalism, film and TV broadcasting as well as careers in marketing, research and advertising.