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Media Studies (AQA)

Entry Requirements:

Media Studies and/or English grade B.

Media Studies is a very important subject, ultimately combining aspects of Politics, Sociology, History, Art, English and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them.

These talents are highly valued by universities and employers. Moreover, the subject equips pupils with the skills necessary to survive and thrive in a media saturated society.

Students will study and produce texts across a range of media platforms including but not limited to broadcasting, e-media, print, documentary, film fiction, sport and news. This study is coupled with theoretical analysis that covers areas such as semiotics, Marxism and Hegemony, genre theory and audience theory. The range of material covered on the course ensures that students gain an all-round appreciation and understanding of various aspects of the media.

A-level Media Studies is designed to encourage students to:

             enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives

             develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills

             explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts

             become independent in research skills and their application in their practical work and in developing their own views and interpretations.

Course Content and Assessment:

At AS, students investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies:

             Unit 1: Investigating Media (25%)

             Unit 2: Creating Media (25%)

At A2, students are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary media issues:

             Unit 3: Critical Perspectives (25%)

             Unit 4: Media: Research and Production (25%)