The first year is intended as an introductory course in Media Studies. During the year, students will develop their analytical skills and learn how media texts are constructed. They will also study a number of key issues relating to media representations and audience responses.
The second year is designed to develop the knowledge and skills acquired by students within their first year. This is achieved through a greater emphasis on the relationship between text, audience and industry and the debates surrounding the nature of this complex relationship. This will require the close study of news and online and Long Form TV Dramas and a more in-depth consideration of a range of appropriate theoretical perspectives.
Thirty percent of the course is based on a non-examined assessment, which will be a creative cross media promotional project. Seventy percent will be in an examination at the end of the course. Throughout, you will have a variety of assessments, including essays, presentations and practical applications of theories.
In total, there are nine areas of the media that this A level covers: music videos, advertisements, magazines, news and online news, TV drama, film, gaming, radio.