AS/A Level Media Studies

Key Details

  • Available at
    Rhyl, Rhos-on-Sea
  • Level
    3
  • Study Mode
    Full-time
  • Programme Area
    International, AS/A-Level
  • Course Length

    1-2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (FE)
  • Bilingual
    n/a

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

This course focuses on the critical debates associated with the media.

You can study a combination of:

  • AVCEs
  • BTEC National Diplomas
  • A levels
  • AS levels
  • NVQs

Unit information

WJEC 'A' Level in Media Studies 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. It enabled students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences. The specification also encourages creative work to enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the media through their own production work and to develop their own production skills. At A2 in particular, students are given the opportunity to research a topic which will then form the basis for their production, thus encouraging them to create productions informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues. Candidates are encouraged to:

  • develop their interest and enjoyment in media texts
  • examine the development of media institutions
  • analyse the ways in which different media represent the world
  • apply their knowledge and understanding about media issues and practices to their own practical work
  • examine the ways in which media texts have been produced, circulated, consumed and interpreted by audiences
  • appraise the historical development and current organisation of selected media institutions
  • develop investigative and research skills
  • use their knowledge and understanding of different media texts to explore comparisons and connections between them.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:

  • 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.

Delivery

The course is delivered by a variety of teaching methods:

  • classroom learning
  • discussions
  • visits to appropriate media-related organisations etc.

Assessment

At AS level, students are assessed through one practical module and one exam-based module.

The practical module consists of three pieces of work:

  • one pre-production
  • one production which develops from the pre-production
  • one report on the production process

The exam consists of three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material.

The second year of the course follows a similar pattern with two modules:

  • The coursework module is a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts
  • The written exam consists of three questions from a choice of six

Progression

Candidates who complete only the AS specification will have acquired the necessary practical and intellectual skills to progress to advanced level study in Media (A2) or to apply their learning to a variety of related subjects.

Candidates who complete the whole specification will have an excellent grounding for a whole range of Higher Education courses currently available.

Would you like to apply for this course?

Rhos-on-Sea