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    For AS level, I'm planning on taking Film Studies, Media Studies, English and Art- but loads of people are saying that they're too similar. What do you think? Also, do you think they all sound a bit to easy? I'm expecting good results in my GCSE's and my mum says I'm wasting it by going for 'soft' options...? What do you all think, also, I'm planning on a career in Advertising or Journalism so they are relevant. Thanx.
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    i wouldnt do film and media. i'd swap film for something else.and are aware of the collosal amount of tim and energy art takes arent you? and that it may be detrimental to your other subjets.
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    Film Studies and Media Studies both seem like 'soft' options - at least, that's how most universities will regard them. More academic subjects might be better for you. But I don't think they're too similar.
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    Well Film studies and Media studies tend to be frowned upon, as they are considered by many universities to be as your mum says 'soft options'. Especially for subjects like Journalism it is important you have a solid background in 'taxing' subjects so perhaps RS or History would be ideal and drop one (preferably film studies). Art is a great subject and exceptionally demanding of time and effort, despite this though many degrees state that they don't include subjects such as General studies and those with large pratical elements, which means all your effort may be wasted.

    The other subjects I have mentioned also give you more breadth in choice should you eventually change your mind as to what you want to do.

    Meah jst a word of caution. Richardx
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    I did Film and Media.
    I did Film in a year...and went to most lessons less than sober...did all the coursework (for 2 years) in a space of roughly two weeks. I should have a B at AS and will find out the overall grade on Thurs. It really isn't taxing. My lessons worked out as about a quarter of the normal time given.
    Media involved a lot more work. It was all theory based (except coursework in first year with one practical bit) A lot of essays and quotes to remember.

    If you want to get into Journalism English is the thing to focus on.

    Though people may be saying that you are doing soft subjects...as long as you enjoy the subjects thats all that matters really...Grades and certificates aren't everything.
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    film and media are good a levels for what you want to do. They are easy imo [i did them dropped film after a few weeks as i was testing out which a levels i wanted to do]. If you are gonna get rid of them, keep at least one.
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    Film and media are seen as soft subjects, but as long as you enjoy them, it probably won't matter too much. It might be best to drop one of them though as there might be a bit of overlap, and doing 2 practical subjects like film studies and art would be a lot of work. I'd advise you to keep media studies and replace with film studies with another traditional academic subject, but it's obviously up to you.
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    I'd drop film for another traditional essay subject, such as History, or maybe a language. As neither Film or Media are particularly respectable, you'll fare better at university applications if you've only got one of them. Art is a good idea, it gives you the oppertunity to go into the more aesthetic side of journalism and shows you as a bit of an all rounder in that sense. English Lit is a must, and Media is OK if it's your only 'iffy' subject.
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    I agree with heninacoop above. I would drop either Media or Film Studies (preferably film studies in my opinion) because it's alright having one 'soft option'. Art is becoming more respected (I think) and English is definitely a must if you want to do journalism. I think another essay subject would be good.

    I don't really know much about these subjects as I'm not planning on taking any in the 6th form (I'm more of a maths person than an english one LOL), but I hope it helps anyway.

    Good Luck, MissSurfer
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    I wouldn't do both film and media - although I don't know very much about either of them, they sound too simular. English demonstrates that you are able to understand information and write a decent essay and Art shows that you have a creative side. It is useful to avoid specialising too early as it is good to have a mix between arts and sciences. As have already been said, perhaps replace film with a more ''traditional'' (I am allowed to say that - all things being ''equal''/) such as History or RE.

    Also - Media studies seems to be more generally well known than Film, so I would advise you to keep that one.

    However, ultimately it is your decision and it is important to do the courses you think you will be happiest with and ejoy the most - doing the ones you're likely to get good grades in is also helpful.

    Good Luck!
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    (Original post by MissSurfer)
    I agree with heninacoop above. I would drop either Media or Film Studies (preferably film studies in my opinion) because it's alright having one 'soft option'. Art is becoming more respected (I think) and English is definitely a must if you want to do journalism. I think another essay subject would be good.
    Why would you keep film studies?
    Media would be much more useful as you analyse the media industries and the coursework in the first year for me was to make a front page of a newspaper. In preparation to that you have to learn about how to write in style of the publication etc. Very useful. (This is with WJEC exam board)

    There is a little overlap in the subjects which I found to be a good thing. But then I had a crap Film teacher.
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    Drop film, do English language or History

    More taxing but more highly regarded.
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    Which English are you planning on doing? English Literature or Language? I would reccommend Literature as a well established and (imo) more interesting option. I think a language or History would be a good idea instead of Film Studies - I have not done it, but if it is easy (according to some of the posters above), then I'm sure you could keep up with it in your spare time - a bit of reading etc. That would keep your options open, allow you to maintain interest in film, and ensure that you were on par with your other applicants for Journalism.
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    (Original post by Luize)
    Why would you keep film studies?
    Media would be much more useful as you analyse the media industries and the coursework in the first year for me was to make a front page of a newspaper. In preparation to that you have to learn about how to write in style of the publication etc. Very useful. (This is with WJEC exam board)

    There is a little overlap in the subjects which I found to be a good thing. But then I had a crap Film teacher.
    I think she meant drop film studies, not keep it.
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    As alot of others have said, I would drop either film or media. (Media is probably more relevant to your course, and slightly more recognised, so that may be the best one to keep, but if you prefer film studies keep that) In place of the one you drop there are a few things you could do. As others have suggested, history would be good as it teaches you analysis and writing skills, but it could also be worth your while taking a science subject or maths, as these are very highly regarded and will show universities that you are a well rounded person (i.e. you are not only talented in one area). Also, as queen_A said, think very carefully about which English you do. English Lit is much more respected, and from what I have heard alot more interesting.
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    Yep, i did mean drop film studies
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    I would drop film studies and take english language if I were you. I took english literature and english language and both really helped me with media studies, so I was able to write in my personal statement that the subjects I had chosen at sixth form had provided me with invaluable skills... blah,blah,blah. Like you, I also want to be a journalist, so I took politics; it was either that or history, but I decided politics would be more interesting and current. I applied for politics at university though, not journalism, and worried that I wouldn't get offers from some of the "highly regarded" institutions like Edinburgh because of media studies, but I did
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    For journalism you don't necessarily have to go for something directly related to it i.e. media. In fact, as many others have said, english/history/rs would be brilliant options and if you're up to it they'll be really enjoyable too. You have to think about what looks better to a prospective employer and there's no doubt that a "soft" subject would not look as impressive as, say, history. (You can tell I'm a historian!) However, many employers, especially within journalism/tv, look for people with experience as well as brains!

    And I personally think that English Lit. would be better than Lang. But that is just my (extremely biased) opinion!
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    thankyou soo much everyone you're really helping coz im so confused i would do both English Language and Lit but I'm from Wales and it's like a joint A-Level. Actually, I'm just drunk, I don't think it makes any difference that I;m in Wales, but in my school they do a joint A-Level anyway. I'd love to be able to take a science or maths but I'm really not good enough in that area. Thinking about it, I kinda lied when I said I was expecting good results in *everything* lol, I'm quite crap at maths and science. I was only considering film studies 'coz i couldn't really think of anything else I'm good at... i'm really good at I.T, but I absolutely hate it lol...still confused...thanx for all your help
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    I want to go into journalism also. I took media studies in GCSE and for ASs. I didnt carry it on into A2 though, mainly beause we had issues with teachers and I realised that doing it in GCSE and AS was enough for me, as in A2 it was film making which I was not that interested in. Plus I wanted to pursue my more 'reputable' subjects. English is a must for journalism, and History is fantastic because it helps you aquire skills which are good for journalism such as source work and debating and investigating. I also did geography to create a little variation. Im hoping to study (if i get me grades) english and history at uni and then im going to do a Journalism course.
 
 
 
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