KS5 Media Studies

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KS5 Media

What do I need to study this course?

You should have five GCSEs grades A*- C, though it is recommended that you have a ‘B’ or higher in English. You do not need to have studied Media Studies before, but students who are actively engaged in media consumption (TV, Magazines, Video Games, News, Social Media) will benefit from that involvement.  

The course works very well alongside drama, photography, graphics, psychology, English, History and other essay based subjects.    

What does the course involve?

This is an academic course that enables students to understand how the media shapes the world around us by deconstructing the messages we are given and examining the process of interpretation that is undertaken by audiences.  Alongside the examined content students also get a chance to apply their theoretical understanding through the creation of their own media products.  

There are four units spread over two years:

  • Unit 1: Investigating the media – exam – 24%
    The exam contains three questions on advertising, film and news.
  • Unit 2: Creating a Media Production – coursework – 16%
    Students create their own media production based upon independent research.
  • Unit 3: Media in the Global Age – exam – 36%
    The exam covers television, magazines and video games.
  • Unit 4: Cross-Media Production – coursework – 24
    Students create a multiple platform production based upon chosen briefs.

What next?

The A level course has run for nearly a decade and has always proved itself to be a successful and popular course. Built around communication and analytical ability this is a respected qualification for employers who value the skills that the A level develops.  This course is ideally suited for more academically minded students, especially those who wish to pursue careers in journalism, advertising, marketing, research and teaching.

Examination Board: WJEC

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