What do I learn?
You will be following the WJEC specification
First year (AS)
• Unit 1: MS1 – Written exam in which you will apply some of the media theories we have studied and discussed in class to an unseen medial text.
• Unit 2: MS2 – You will be working in an extended piece of coursework which will be a practical production of your own media text. This will be accompanied by pre-production notes and a report of the production process.
Second year (A2)
• Unit 3: MS3 – An extended piece of course work centering on your own media production, backed up by a written investigation into media texts and a written evaluation of how the production was informed by the investigative research.
• Unit 4: MS4 – Written exam based on class study of three different media industries.
You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance between challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs.
Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.
Formal assessment is through examinations and, in some subjects, through coursework. The examination periods are in May/June.
There are a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.
What do I gain?
You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.
You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.
What do I need?
All A-level students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 but excluding PE, Dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.
For this subject you will need GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature at grade 5.
What do I gain?
With three A-levels you can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-levels also offer the high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes.