A Level

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Our Media A Level takes a broad look at several aspects of modern media. You will examine the workings of the media and their effects on society. There is also the opportunity to develop skills in the more practical aspects of the industry.

You should have an interest in films, a wide range of television programmes and enjoy reading newspapers and magazines. A knowledge of, and an interest in, media technology is also encouraged. This creative course will develop your idea to consider and discuss a range of media.

You will learn about representation and audience as key concepts, and analyse a wide variety of media formats. For coursework, you will design selected pages for a magazine, supported by thorough research. You will also write an evaluative report.

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Media, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2MES

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

On this course you will study:

Year one:

Representation and Audience as key media concepts. You will learn how to analyse and deconstruct a wide variety of media formats including magazines, television programmes, films, computer games and CD/DVD covers in order to understand the ideologies offered and how audiences make sense of the media they consume. For the coursework, you will design selected pages for a magazine, supported by thorough research, and you will write a 1200-1600 evaluative report.

Year two:

In the second year, you will develop your understanding of texts and audiences and learn about three different media industry sectors with close study of three contemporary texts or products from each industry. For the coursework, you will conduct a 1400-1800 word research investigation which explores either genre, narrative or representation then undertake a related piece of video production work with a written evaluation to conclude.

You will have one coursework lesson per week and two theory lessons for the majority of the course.

You will be shown how to use InDesign for magazine design work. A variety of teaching strategies are used throughout the course.

Coursework is submitted part way though the course and internally assessed and verified before being submitted for external moderation. There is also one written exam of 90 minutes in the summer. Competence in English and creativity are essential. This A Level is challenging but the combination of well qualified staff with interesting and different styles of teaching make it enjoyable and achievable.

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My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

My experience at South Downs has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study at South Downs, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student


A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist a student to progress to higher education or appropriate employment.

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