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What Will I Study?

During the course, you will study this exciting industry through case study texts from the world of film, tv, music, radio, print and internet. You will also do some creative work by producing a piece of coursework from a brief set by the exam board. Through a range of activities including class discussions, presentations and writing, you will be able to develop your critical thinking and independent learning skills as well as inspire you to develop your all round media knowledge!

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Texts:

  • Film (cross-media study, including film marketing): Straight Outta Compton and I, Daniel Blake
  • Advertising: Tide print advertisement and WaterAid audio-visual advertisement and Kiss the Vampire Film Poster
  • Music Video: Formation, Beyonce or Dream, Dizzie Rascal and Riptide, Vance Joy
  • Newspapers: The Daily Mirror and The Times
  • Radio: Late Night Woman's Hour
  • Video games: Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Section A: Television in the Global Age : Texts: Life on Mars and The Bridge

Section B: Magazines – Mainstream and Alternative Media: Texts: Vogue and The Big Issue

Section C: Media in the Online Age: Texts: Zoella and Attitude

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

In this component, learners are required to apply their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, audiences, media industries and the digitally convergent nature of the media in an individual production  for an intended audience. The production must be based on two media forms and completed in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC

More Info

 Through a range of activities including class discussions, presentations and writing, you will be able to develop your critical thinking and independent learning skills as well as inspire you to develop your all round media knowledge! We also offer a range of media industry-related trips.

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Non exam assessment

30% of qualification

Our past students have successfully found employment in the media industry, usually after completing a degree, they currently work in areas including

  • Video Editing
  • Journalism
  • Radio and Television Production (working their way up from production runner and assistants)
  •  Feature Film Production
  • Directing Photography for Music Videos.
  • Cinematographers

They work for organisations ranging from The BBC (students both in Bristol and London), University of the Arts London, The Mill London and on campaigns for: BBC East Midlands, Channel Four Sports, Samsung and T4 on the Beach. These examples, which are all from past students who studied on the A Level course, prove that the media is a diverse industry to work in, with real employment opportunities for those who are prepared to work hard and be creative.

We have recently taken students on trips to the BBC Studios; The BBFC; Comic Con; The Berlin Film Festival; The Harry Potter Studios

You can expect to have to pay for course module booklets

You do not have to have studied Media at GCSE

Key Facts

Offered As

A Level

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FAQs

This course is an A Level and therefore contains a strong and interesting academic element. Essay writing, research and discussion are used to analyse the media. You will receive training for production work which is 20% of the AS course. Though as part of A2 Media coursework, you will produce a short video production or some magazine advertisements. The production is based on an area of the media you have researched in TV or advertising. You will also write an evaluation of the work linking it to areas you have studied.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Over 60% of people employed in the creative sector have a degree level qualification. The creative industries are becoming more important in local economies across the UK, with 47 Creative Clusters across the UK. A Media Researcher can earn on average £16,000 to £40,000 per year.

 

Career Opportunities:

  • Video Editor
  • Journalist
  • Radio Producer
  • Feature Film Producer
  • Television Producer
  • Cinematographer

University 55%

Employment/apprenticeships 28%

 

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