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Media Studies

Media A-level Course

WJEC A-level Media Studies

Have you noticed that media messages are increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives, whether it’s accessing videos on your smartphone, watching TV ads, listening to the radio, looking at posters or listening to music?

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Is this course right for me?

Choosing this course will help develop your analytical, creative and evaluative skills concerned with all forms of media production from an audience and institutional perspective.

Being ‘media literate’ is becoming ever more important in today’s rapidly developing society. Throughout your time on this course you will recognise the influence the media has on us, in addition to the up and coming trends in today’s culture from across the globe.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

A-level Media Studies provides an exciting range of modules that ask critical questions about the media industry: What are they trying to communicate? How obvious is their message? Does the media reflect reality or does it try to control what you think?

You will learn about the history, development, contemporary use and relevance of magazines, newspapers, the internet, radio and advertising.

Our goal is to enable you to form your own personal opinion on a wide range of topics, whilst developing your knowledge and understanding of: communication, culture, politics and citizenship.

Units to be studies will include:

  • Investigating the media
  • Creating a media production
  • Media in the global age
  • Creating a cross-media production

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Digital Marketer, Media Buyer, Media Planner, Media Researcher, Music Producer, Public Relations Officer, Runner – Broadcasting/Film/Video, Social Media Manager, Television/Film/Video Producer, Web Content Manager.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional Information

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, we would like to hear from you.

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What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

Current student – what are the entry requirements?

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well

  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

What will I learn?

A-level Media Studies provides an exciting range of modules that ask critical questions about the media industry: What are they trying to communicate? How obvious is their message? Does the media reflect reality or does it try to control what you think?

You will learn about the history, development, contemporary use and relevance of magazines, newspapers, the internet, radio and advertising.

Our goal is to enable you to form your own personal opinion on a wide range of topics, whilst developing your knowledge and understanding of: communication, culture, politics and citizenship.

Units to be studies will include:

  • Investigating the media
  • Creating a media production
  • Media in the global age
  • Creating a cross-media production

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.


Can I do this course in Welsh?

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.


How will I be assessed?

  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

What can I do next?

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Digital Marketer, Media Buyer, Media Planner, Media Researcher, Music Producer, Public Relations Officer, Runner – Broadcasting/Film/Video, Social Media Manager, Television/Film/Video Producer, Web Content Manager.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.


Do I need to bring/buy any equipment?

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Are there any additional costs?

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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