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A-Level Media Studies

Course Information

  • Course Code: 51090-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: Welsh Joint Education Committee
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

The media is all around us and dominates our lives from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep at night whether it is the radio, television, internet, video games or iPads. Therefore, it makes sense to study how the major media organisations manipulate us into making choices that affect our entire lives. We all use the media and it could be argued that our culture is media saturated. We must therefore note the commanding presence and power that the media have in our lives. This is a fact of modern life and provides the major rationale for A-Level Media Studies.

What will I study?

Media Studies is currently a part of the reformation of A Level process. Below is part of the draft specification which is subject to change. When we know more we will update this page!

Component 1: Investigating Media Language and Representation

Section A: Media Language. One stepped question based on one specified media form. Section B: Representations. One extended response question based on one specified media form. There will be a choice of two questions. Section C: Representations in Context. One extended response question based on two specified media forms.

Component 2: Investigating Media Forms and Products

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The exam consists of three sections. Section A – Television Study - one set product from a choice of three options. One two-part question based on the set product studied. Section B – Magazines Study - one set product from a choice of three options. One two-part question based on the set product studied. Section C – Online Media Study - one set product from a choice of three options. One two-part question based on the set product studied.

Component 3: Coursework – Media Production (30% of the overall grade)

An individual media production comprising a single media product created in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.

 

Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Media Studies you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs).

Also an interest in all things media.

To study A-Level Media Studies  you will need 5 x C/4  grades at GCSE, including Maths and English Language. 

How will I be assessed?

50% of the course is assessed via coursework. The rest is examined by modular examinations; one of which includes stimulus response where you analyse a piece of print or visual media. During the course you will undertake essays and shorter written pieces, storyboards and internal examinations.

What can I do next?

Gaining an A-Level in Media gives students access to a wide variety of university degrees including broadcasting, journalism and TV production.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Broadcast Journalist

As a broadcast journalist you would research and present news stories and factual programmes for television, radio and the internet. If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy working with people then this could be the job for you.

Excellent communication skills are something you would need in this job. You’ll also need to be a good researcher and know where to find reliable sources of information.

You would usually need a degree to get into broadcast journalism. You could also move into this job from print journalism.

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Newspaper Journalist

Newspaper journalists investigate and write up stories for local, regional and national newspapers. If you're interested in current affairs and you'd like a career using your excellent writing skills, this might be a career you’ll enjoy.

You’ll need to have an enquiring mind and enjoy researching and investigating your story. You’ll also need to be determined and persistent, to make sure you get all the facts and to see your story published on time.

You can get into newspaper journalism by training at college or university, or by joining a local or regional newspaper and training on the job.

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TV Or Film Producer

TV and film producers look after the business side of a production, leaving the director and crew to concentrate on the creative work.

The job includes pitching new ideas for projects, securing funding and rights for books and screenplays, and managing budgets.

To do this job, you will need to be well organised, good with figures and an excellent negotiator.

To become a producer, you will need experience of working in the industry and a good network of contacts.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

TV Or Film Production Assistant

As a production assistant, you would support the producer and be responsible for the administration and organisation involved in producing a film or TV programme. If you like working with people and organising things, and you want to work in film or TV, this job could be ideal for you.

You’ll need to be organised and have excellent attention to detail. Being able to take the initiative and think creatively will help you to solve problems throughout the production process.

You could get into this job with a degree. Alternatively, experience is highly valued by employers, and you could move into this career without a degree if you have a background in jobs like advertising, TV or office management.

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Broadcast Engineer

Broadcast engineers make sure that television and radio programmes are broadcast at the right times. They also make sure that they’re the highest quality. If you are very interested in TV and technology, this job could be just what you are looking for.

To do this job you should have good practical and technical skills. You should also feel comfortable with electrical and electronic equipment. The job could also need you to work long or unsocial hours.

You would usually get a job through the entrant training schemes that broadcasting companies run. For this, you would normally need a BTEC, HND or degree in electrical, electronic or broadcast engineering.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Radio Broadcast Assistant

Radio broadcast assistants carry out administration tasks to make sure that live and recorded radio programmes run smoothly. If you love music or current affairs and have great organisational skills, this could be the ideal job for you.

You will be using your communication skills to deal with the public and radio show guests. You’ll also need to meet recording deadlines, so you will have to be flexible and use your initiative.

There are no set qualifications for becoming a radio broadcast assistant, although many assistants have a degree qualification.

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Writer

As a writer or author you would produce a variety of types of creative work, including novels, children’s books, poetry and, travel and technical writing. If you've got excellent writing skills, and you've got the determination and the self-motivation needed to make it in this career, there could be opportunities for you as a writer.

You’ll need to come up with ideas that appeal to your audience and sell well. You'll also need to work well on your own and have the resilience to deal with critics, publishers and employers who will have opinions on your work.

There is no set entry route to become a writer. You may need specialist knowledge, depending on the type of writing you do. A background in journalism can sometimes be an advantage.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Learn more by clicking here

A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

You can find out more by clicking here

The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.