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A-Level Media Studies

Background information about studying Media Studies

Media Studies is as the name suggests, the study of Media. It is offered at most schools at GCSE, though it is easy to pick up at A-level with no prior knowledge of the subject. It centers around representation of gender, age and race and a section called Institutions and Audiences- which is a really interesting in depth study of how globalisation, ownership and new technologies have an impact on a certain form of media (video games, film, popular press and music) that will be selected by your school or college.

What can I expect from studying Media?

Difficulty

If you're a bright student who has bagged a few As and A*s at GCSE, you'll find A-level Media Studies relatively simple, however- it isn't blacklisted like most 'soft' subjects so it makes a fun choice if you're looking for an extra AS to pick up for more UCAS points. Good analytical writing skills along with an eye for detail is necessary, and despite being branded as easy- if you don't have those, then you will find the course challenging.

Workload

A large chunk of AS is coursework, but the content is quite small. You'll be taught the basics of your chosen form of media and have to remember around 4 case studies to write about in the exam.

Required Individual Study

Not a lot of individual study is needed, but it's important to have good time management skills to create a very good piece of coursework- as this is 50% of the grade.

How is it assessed?

Exams

Coursework

Practicals

Field trips and excursions

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