A Level Media Studies

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

WHY CHOOSE MEDIA?

By choosing media studies you open yourself to develop new skills and abilities to fit any career in the modern world. Learn to question opinion and find the truth; challenge stereotypes, change minds and equip yourself with the ability to create advanced media products, worthy of professional exhibition.

It’s no secret that the media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. Recently, it has been used as a powerful tool to control the masses and therefore, as a subject to study, gives you power and control over your own representations, audiences and understanding of your on-line identity construction.

The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable with the UK entertainment and media industry alone, worth £76 billion by 2021. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit, driving forward change in social and cultural opinion. The globalised nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase and therefore, make this an A-Level choice 100% geared for the future!

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts (and critical debates)
Apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes (and evaluating their own practical work) to show how meanings and responses are created
Demonstrate the ability to plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

70% Exam
30% Coursework
2 year linear course

SUPPORTING SUBJECTS INCLUDE
Film studies, English Lang/Lit, English Literature, Photography, Sociology, History, Drama, Art, Music, Psychology, Business & Finance.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Animator, Applications developer, Broadcast engineer, Broadcast journalist, Broadcast presenter, Commissioning editor, Digital marketer, Editorial assistant, Film director, Film/video editor, Games developer, Geographical systems information officer, Graphic designer, Lighting technician, broadcasting/film/video, Location manager, Magazine features editor, Magazine journalist, Marketing & Advertising, Media buyer/planner, Multimedia programmer, Multimedia specialist, Newspaper journalist, Press photographer, Press editor, Printmaker, Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video, Publishing copy-editor/proof reader, Publishing rights manager, Production roles in broadcasting/radio/film/video, Technical author, Telecommunications researcher, Television camera operator, Television floor manager, Television production coordinator, Television/film/video producer, Web content manager, Web designer, Writer.

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