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A Level Media Studies

Studying Media at BSix
Media Studies is a broad and exciting subject to study. Over the two years you will be exploring a wide variety of media, including television, film, print media and news. Our teachers will encourage you to read, watch and listen to a wide variety of texts and to talk about them and the ideas they provoke. Stay alert, be open to new ideas, be prepared to join in and the next two years will be a valuable and stimulating time.

You will study a range of topics including: Textual analysis (television drama), Video production (story board, shoot and edit the opening to a thriller film) and Media institutions (the film industry).

A variety of skills are needed to fully explore and enjoy the dynamic range of media texts now in circulation. Increased access to digital media offers us new and alternative technological opportunities for creativity and self-expression. Through a variety of approaches, including the act of production, this course should enable you to develop your enjoyment of media texts, in addition to developing a framework for critical analysis of their meanings and contexts.

Teaching and learning methods in media include group work, class discussions, mind mapping and interactive lectures. Film and television screenings also play a central role, alongside practical video and editing tasks which allow you to get involved with the creative side of the subject.

A typical exam question might be:
How does BBC drama Doctor Who use technical codes to create representation?

A typical course work task might be:
Produce the titles and opening sequence of a new fiction film. Using blog format, demonstrate evidence of planning and post production decisions

Beyond the classroom
Media related trips are organised as part of your extended learning, such as a visit to Sky studios. If you are interested in progressing to university you can also get involved with the College’s Raising Aspirations programme which will include trips to universities as well as specialist speakers and other events.

These skills can be transferred to a varied range of careers, but are particularly useful for areas such as: working in the media, advertising, public relations, journalism (both print and broadcast), marketing, promotions and management.

Recommended reading
OCR Media Studies for AS (Julian McDougall)
Media Studies: The Essential Introduction (Phillip Rayner, Peter Wall, Stephen Kruger)
The Media Student's Book (Gill Branston and Roy Stafford)
The Media Guardian

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry
Georgia Vincent and Simon Tracey
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