Media Studies A level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Media Studies
Exam Board: WJEC; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in English Language GCSE and C/4 in Media Studies GCSE if taken
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: 2 x 2.5 hour exams plus 2 projects
BHASVIC Department: Media and Performing Arts
Head of Department: Cath Rowe

What will I study?

The course is a combination of theory, research and practical application, needing good written and communication skills. At A level you will undertake critical analysis of a range of different media forms including television, advertising, print media and online media; applying a variety of theoretical approaches, along with an understanding of media language investigating how texts position audiences to respond in particular ways. Additionally you will carry out an individual practical production, for example a music video. Heavily weighted in terms of theory and analysis. Practical work is worth 30% of the final grade; two written examinations.

Is this course right for me?

You will develop excellent critical thinking skills and a detailed understanding of how the media works; focusing on media language, representation, audience and industry. The course is best suited to students with ability to think critically, work independently and enjoy written analysis of media texts. You need to be a creative individual with a strong work ethic. If you are curious about the world around you and keen to become part of the organisations which shape our views of the world, then this is right for you. Goes with any theory-based, essay subject such as Film Studies, English, Digital Creative Media, IT, Computer Science etc.

Where next?

Studying Media A level gives students a variety of future career directions and transferable skills for their next steps. Critical thinking, along with analytical and practical skills, is highly regarded and beneficial in many different professional and higher education contexts. The Creative Industries is a thriving, vital part of the UK’s economy and students can begin a career in this sector through further study in related disciplines at university or through direct entry to apprenticeships or working in the media industries. Jobs directly related to Media could include Media Planner, Multimedia Specialist, Programme Researcher, Public Relations Officer, Runner and Social Media Manager. Other jobs where Media could be useful are Advertising Account Executive, Broadcast Journalist, Editorial Assistant, Event Manager or Market Researcher. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Creative Skillset, Hiive, All About Careers and the Apprenticeship Guide.

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