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About the course

We're bombarded with messages and imagery 24/7 by the entertainment industry, advertisers, the press and government. Media Studies is a fast-paced and dynamic course that will teach you to analyse communication in the world around you. This is an exceptionally interesting and lively contemporary subject and is a very popular choice at A Level.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE English Language or English Literature at score of 5 or above.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

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Why study?

Media can open doors to many different career paths. It's an exciting, diverse course that enables you to become familiar with a variety of media institutions, audiences, media products and services. You will learn how to deconstruct all kinds of media imagery (still or moving image) and draw conclusions as to what their messages are. The technical and analytical skills offered will stand you in good stead for the media industry or in further education.

Where will this course take me?

Each year several students continue their study of Media at university, either as a single subject degree or as part of a wider degree such as Marketing.

Core modules

AS level Year 1, G321: Foundation Portfolio. Students will plan and construct a range of media products. This will be enabled through a series of practical modules incorporating sound recording and editing, magazine layout design using Photoshop and video production using Premiere Pro. Learners are able to specialise in one of two areas: print media where students will design a new music magazine and video where learners will create a film opening.

AS level Year 1, G322: Key Media Concepts (TV drama). This unit will enable learners to apply media theory to the analysis of (magazines, films, TV dramas, etc.). Learners will develop expertise in how to analyse media texts and apply media theory on the representation of gender, age, race, sexuality, etc. Learners will also understand how the media industry works through case studies on film industry institutions such as Disney and Independent film organisations.

A2 level Year 2, G324: Advanced media portfolio. Learners will conduct a series of practical tasks enabling them to create a range of media products (texts). Learners will be able to choose to specialise in one of the following options: (1) a promotion package for the release of an album including a video release (2) a promotion package for a new film trailer and (3) an advertising package.

AS level Year 2, G325: Critical Perspectives in Media. Learners will be able to apply their knowledge of digital technology, post-production editing, audience segmentation, etc. to the analysis of their own media products. Additionally, students will research media theories on "media and collective identity". This module requires learners to compile a range of examples of media representations with an analysis of how they relate to theory.

How will I be assessed?

Exams and coursework

Will I have to provide anything?

All students are required to provide a memory stick (USB Flash Drive) with a minimum size of 8GB.
Pens, A4 Notebook, ring folder.
Books: OCR Media Studies for AS, Julian McDougall, Peter Fraser, 28 Mar 2008, Hodder Education. (available from Amazon).

Trips: students are expected to attend two previous excursions have included "Harry Potter World" and cinema visits. The estimated cost for both trips is £60.00. The estimated total budget is £90.

The college provides video recording equipment; students may wish to purchase video cameras and portable memory storage devices during the course. Your tutor will advise on the most suitable purchases as the course progresses.

What should I do now?

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Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.