Students choose Media Studies for a number of reasons: some may wish to follow a media-related career at university, others may have a keen interest in one or more aspects of the modern media and have a curiosity as to how it works. It will also provide you with an opportunity to engage in practical production work and will broaden your knowledge and understanding of the contemporary media and its importance in our culture.
Our teaching teams are led by published writers and examiners who in 2016 helped our students achieve a superb 100% pass rate and 68% A*-B grades, whilst much of the students’ work has been assessed as being the best in the country.
In addition, fantastic enrichment activities will be available to you through visits and trips as well as an opportunity to work with the British Youth Film Association on major projects.
You can progress onto a wide range of related courses at university, such as English and cultural studies courses, film studies, marketing and promotion and other humanities and business related courses. Some students also study practical media production at university.
The first year focuses on introducing you to the main issues impacting on contemporary media production and consumption, looking at the relationships between traditional media forms (film, television, newspapers etc.) and e-media. There is also an opportunity to work on the creation of media products in both the first and second years.
The second year will allow you to investigate more advanced conceptual issues. This will allow you to understand the way the media is part of our culture and the political and social impact it has.
A Level pathways are designed to prepare you for higher education.
Students' perspectives: 'I studied A Levels in English Literature, Film Studies and Media and got three grades A! I am going to study BA (Hons) Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University. I want to thank all my tutors at Bournville for their support and pushing me to achieve more than I ever expected.'
This course is based on 4 main areas of study: media concepts, media platforms (e.g. TV/film, digital/web-based media, newspapers/magazines), media debates (e.g. Reality TV, Regulation and censorship) and practical production. You will develop your understanding and appreciation of the media and also create a media product e.g. a video, magazine or website.
Subjects which go well with Media Studies are English and Film Studies, though you could choose from a wide range of Social Science and Humanities subjects.
The units available for AS are:
Module 1 Investigating Media In this unit you will learn about the key concepts of Representation, Institutions, Media Language including Narrative, and Media Audiences. Assessment will be a written paper of 2 hours.
Module 2 Creating Media For this unit you will create two media products. This may involve video production as part of a group, creating pages for a newspaper or magazine or creating web pages for an internet site.
The units available in A2 are Module 3 Critical Perspectives This will enable you to develop your approach to analysing the role of the media in today's society by referring to the wider contexts which affect and influence media content. You will consider media debates such as media technology and the digital revolution and the effect of globalisation on the media. Assessment will be a written paper of 2 hours.
Module 4 Media: Research and Production This involves researching a topic of your choice and producing an extended written report. This will be followed by creating a media product which is linked to the topic you have investigated.
Specification at a Glance Media Studies
AS Examination 1571 Unit 1 - Investigating Media Examination: 50% of the total AS marks 25% of the total A level marks 2 hours
Unit 2 - Creating Media Coursework: The creation of two linked production pieces 50% of AS marks 25% of the total A level marks
A2 Examination 2571 Unit 3 - Media: Critical Perspectives Examination: 25% of the total A Level marks 2 hours
Unit 4 - Media: Research & Production Examination: 25% of the total A Level marks 2 hours
Coursework: 25% of the total A Level marks
5 GCSE grades A-C including English Language (grade 5) and maths and an average GCSE score calculation of 5.3.
With a qualification in Media Studies you could go into higher education and/or work in the media, performing arts, advertising, public relations etc.
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Age range Start Fees Duration Further information 16-18 September | 2018/19 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free. 19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2018/19 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information 19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2018/19 £1,800 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more. 24+ September | 2018/19 £1,800 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more. Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees - - 16 - - 0.00 5,000.00 Leisure Program Fees Further Information International Comments 0.00 - -