Media Studies – A Levels
Exam Board: EDUQAS
Overview:The WJEC Media Studies specification is designed to allow Media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to respond critically to the media. The course enables students to explore textual analysis and deconstruct texts from a producer's point of view. It also enables students to learn about how audiences can be manipulated and positioned by media texts. Media studies also focuses on the ever changing media industry, including technology and audience interaction. A Level Media studies include a combination of academic theory and practical coursework. Students must apply their studies to their own creativity. Practical coursework can include; graphic design, photography, video production and sound recording and editing.
College entry requirements
There may be small additional costs related to optional visits and trips throughout the course.
As part of a wider programme the course providesan excellent basis for progression to any career or University course. Media Studies will support a career in a wide range of areas, including Media Production, Film studies, Photographyand Journalism. Studying Media Studies alongside English Literature would be a strong combination for careers in any media related field. Students can also progress onto our HNC in Creative Media Production (Moving Image).
Media Studies is designed to encourage candidatesto: (i) enhance their enjoyment and appreciationof the media and its role in their daily lives. (ii)develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills.(iii) explore production processes, technologies andother relevant contexts. (iv) become independentin research skills and their application in their production work and in developing their own views and interpretations. We have a dedicated Apple MacMedia suite as well as specialist editing equipment and Music Recording suite and Photography studio. Students will also get the opportunity to work alongside HNC students on their productions. Film and Media students are offered the opportunity to take part in our annual residential trip to the Edinburgh Film Festival.