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In Short

A2 Media Studies has been used by many learners to progress onto degree courses in Scriptwriting, Journalism, Media Studies and Television Production degrees at major UK universities every year, including our own Foundation Degree in Commercial Video at Weymouth College. • Experienced lecturers, who also teach on media degree programmes and have over 20 years’ experience in the creative media industries. • Outstanding facilities, including our purpose built Hive Theatre. • Excellent partnership links with Bournemouth University.

 

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-5 including English.

Course Content

Consider the big issues today – the environment, new technologies, the economy and employment… not interested? What about sport, celebrity, music, and events? What would you know about any of these without the various media bombarding you with messages all day every day at the bus stop, on TV, the internet, on your phone and iPad? Whether we like it or not, the media tell most of us what to think, most of the time. Media Studies is the subject that helps you make sense of and question those messages – how to be an opinion leader, not a mere follower – how to create and distribute your own messages to the world around you.

AS units •

  • Foundation portfolio in media •
  • Key media concepts (TV Drama)

A2 units •

  • Advanced portfolio in media •
  • Critical perspectives in media

 

Progression

The majority of students who have previously completed this course have progressed to university degree-level programmes such as Screenwriting, Creative Writing, Film Studies, English Literature, English and American Studies and a number of film, television and animation courses at places as diverse as Aberystwyth, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Ravensbourne (London) and more locally at Bournemouth and Southampton. Many are now employed in broadcast television and some in the film production and exhibition sectors of the rapidly growing creative industries. Contrary to popular hearsay, the A-levels in Film Studies and Media Studies are fully recognised qualifications for entry into 95% of universities and respected by employers as evidence of focussed academic study and commitment from students over the two-year period.

 

Fees

If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. • If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email igs@weymouth.ac.uk

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