The Media Studies course is designed to enhance your enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the media and its role in your daily life.
You will view and analyse a variety of media products and develop practical skills. You will get the chance to engage with diverse topics such as stereotyping in the media and explore varied and engaging content.
This will all help you to build research and problem-solving skills as well as developing your creativity. You will also refine your debating skills through the discussion of media issues from a range of perspectives.
You will study a range of media, including:
- Music video
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Video games
In addition, the course examines the issues surrounding audience, as well as the role of key concepts such as representations in the media and understanding the industry.
This is not a Media Production course, but there is a significant production element in the sense that you will be required to use Adobe Premiere and Illustrator for the practical coursework elements. Photography and journalism skills will also be used as you film and edit your own media productions, and design and produce original magazine pages.
In addition to the minimum A Level requirements - 4 GCSEs at Grade 5, plus English at Grade 4 - students must gain a minimum of a Grade 5 in any GCSE which is directly related to Media Studies. If you have not achieved a grade 4 in Mathematics, you will be required to continue studying this alongside your course.