Media Studies relies on understanding some Key concepts and the course centres on teaching these concepts to students
Representation - who is being represented and why are they being represented in that way?
Language and Form - techniques, denotations and connotations of various images and texts
Narrative - character delineation, structure, the way that a text is put together
Genre - textual genre - does is follow conventions or play with them? What are conventions?
Institutions - what are they? How do they influence the text and the way a message is presented?
Values and Ideology - what are the values within the medium and how do they affect the way the medium is used?
Audiences - who are the audience? How does the audience shape the medium?
The course is divided into 4 modules - 2 in the first year contributing to an AS level, and 2 in second year which (when combined with the first two modules) gives an overall A-level. Students can decide at the end of the AS level if they wish to proceed
to the A2 level.
AS Level (first year of the course)
Unit 1 introduces students to the Key Concepts that are so central to Media Studies in a wide range of media and contexts. Unit 1 offers an opportunity to study film, broadcast fiction, and advertising.
Unit 2 is the practical production element of the course and offers the chance to put into practice the skills learnt in the first unit. Students have the opportunity to produce their own short films etc. at this point.
A2 Level (second year of the course)
Unit 3 is based on pre-set topic area in the media, looking at theories, issues and debates.
Unit 4 is based on research and production. Independent study and linked practical production.
At least a grade C in English Language is preferred.
Students must have successfully completed AS level in order to progress onto A2.