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Film Studies A-level - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 A-levels
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North Devon Campus
Two years

`Quiet on set. Lights and action!' Ever wondered how the media industry works? Thinking about a career in journalism or media? Then this A-level is for you. Begin your journey into a career in the fast-moving and exciting world of the media industry.

This Media Studies course could lead to an exciting career in the media industry be it as a director, camera operator or producer - the sky's the limit!


You will explore aspects of the industry and answer questions like: How do you almost instinctively know that a film featured on a poster is a horror movie? How do adverts appeal to men and women differently and why? And many more!

In your first year, you'll focus on analysing and responding to different audio, audio-visual and print-based media (including film, TV, games, adverts, trailers, magazines, newspapers). You'll discover how media texts create meaning for an audience, and you'll undertake a production project. So it is both theoretical and practical, getting you to become accustomed to using software like Photoshop to create your own pieces as well as to appreciate how media fits into or flouts conventions of genre and why.

In your second year, you'll look at the relationship between media texts, their audiences, and the industries which produce and distribute them. Current media theories such as gender theory and audience theory also form part of your second-year study. You will pursue a research investigation in to an area of the media of your choice and create a piece of media inspired by this investigation for example a trailer for a movie or a magazine article and cover.
Written exams are taken in May/June and coursework is completed throughout the year.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

A GCSE in Media is not required but would be beneficial.
Because this qualification has a strong emphasis on analytical and creative processes, it prepares students well for a whole range of pathways from apprenticeships to university degrees and work in the media industry. The skills you gain in learning to critically deconstruct messages within all kinds of media that try to persuade and influence an audience are widely transferable so fit well with other subjects like English language or politics for example. Many of our students go on to study media, film-making or journalism at university.

There are a wide range of media studies related university courses at both undergraduate and post graduate level. Some industries also have in-house training opportunities such as game design.
Modern classrooms and facilities.

The college library has a wide range of media text books, videos and DVDs that can be viewed and borrowed.
You will need to bring your GCSE results with you on your induction day and the Media Studies text book on your first day of class.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: I'm not very good with computers; can I still do the course?
A: It helps, but isn't necessary. You will learn quickly on the course.

Q: How can I prepare for the course?
A: The best way you can help yourself is to build up your general Media knowledge: how are newspapers formatted? What is typical of sci-fi genre films compared to horror? What are vlogs like?

Q: What books and texts should I buy and read?
A: The textbook is essential: WJEC/Eduqas Media Studies for A Level Year 1 & AS, by Christine Bell and Lucas Johnson.

Q: How do I know if this course is right for me?
A: Are you interested how the world around you is shaped by the forces of the media?