Media surrounds each and every one of us. We cannot leave the house without seeing a poster, billboard, mobile phone or a leaflet. Media is, more than likely, also inside of our homes. We’re often surrounded by our televisions, computers, newspapers and magazines. This vocationally-related qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip students with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. The hands on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.
Students will have the opportunity to study a wide range of platforms which we associate with Media Studies. Examples of design work that could be completed include:-
- Creating digital graphics.
- The designing of a CD cover.
- Creating a multi-page website.
- Storytelling with comic strips.
- Creating a digital video sequence.
- Designing a game concept.
75% of the marks generated for this course are produced through coursework (see examples above) which is internally assessed.
25% of the marks generated for this course are produced by way of an externally assessed examination (taken in January) of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The A-level Media Studies course offers a smooth progression from the Creative iMedia Award, extending students' practical skills in the medium they work in, building their ability to research independently, and deepening their appreciation and understanding of the role media plays in day to day life.
Media Studies opens up a wide range of professional fields. Success in Media Studies enables students the opportunity to go into filming, directing, photography, journalism, website creating, advertising, music and much more.