Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

A Level Media Studies

Unlock your creativity!

A three unit course integrating a combination of theoretical and practical approaches to the world of modern media.

UNIT 1: MEDIA PRODUCTS, AUDIENCES AND INDUSTRIES – EXAM, 35% of A-Level

You will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products. You will also explore how media industries promote their products and target audiences.

You will explore a range of different media text types including music video, film, newspapers, video games and adverts.

UNIT 2: MEDIA FORMS AND PRODUCTS IN DEPTH – EXAM, 35% of A-Level

You will study magazines, blogs and television programmes. You will also explore how the web is used to engage audiences including media such as websites and social networking sites.

You will explore and analyse these texts, learning about how they target their audiences, how they represent groups and how context affects them.

UNIT 3: CROSS MEDIA PRODUCTION – COURSEWORK, 30% of A-Level

You create two linked media products in a cross-media production. For example, you could be asked to promote a new thriller film by producing a trailer and magazine advertisement.

Progression Opportunities:

Many students continue their media related studies at university. A level Media Studies will help prepare you for a future career in the industry. Media Studies students enter into further study at university level or specialist higher education schools in a variety of media industries.
A level Media Studies will also provide opportunities for a future within film, music or gaming industries, news reporting, either as a journalist writing for print and online publications, or perhaps as a researcher or presenter within the television or radio sectors, advertising, marketing and public relations as well as graphic design, web-design, photography and education and research. The subject is growing, evolving, current and is an exciting area of study!

Course Requirements

Prior Learning Requirements: GCSE Grade 4 or above in English Language is essential. Prior knowledge of the subject is not necessary. However, an interest in media and media technologies is an advantage. For more information see Ms Newstead or Mr Wilson.