Learn to engage critically with the wide range of media you encounter in everyday life.
Media Studies is a popular subject at both A level and degree level. The A level course gives you a broad experience of many different aspects of the media, plus the opportunity to carry out research and produce print and video products. It equips you with the skills and knowledge to engage critically with the wide range of media you encounter in everyday life.
This course will touch on most of the main media at some point: film (I, Daniel Blake and Black Panther), television (Life on Mars and The Bridge) advertising and a range of new media, such as websites and video games.
You will carry out studies of specific types of texts. A range of concepts and issues will also be covered: how the media represents particular social groups, who owns the media and how this affects the type of media produced.
You will learn to use digital video cameras and digital editing equipment to create your own video work. There will also be opportunities for trips and extra curricular activities.
"I enjoyed the mix of practical lessons which expressed my creative side and theory lessons based on case studies. This is a subject that almost everyone is exposed to, learning how it works is very interesting." Otis Kingsman, Media Studies student.
Media Representations and Responses: You will learn how to analyse and discuss a whole range of different media products from a variety of perspectives; this will cover advertising, television, film, websites, magazines and a whole lot more.
Media Production Processes: You will learn how to use digital video cameras and editing to produce a filmed piece or a digital stills camera and editing software to produce a print text.
Media Investigation and Production: You will carry out your own research on a chosen media area; you will then use this to produce either a filmed or a print piece.
Text, Industry and Audience: You will study three different media industries and make a detailed study of their products, production methods and audiences.
GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature).