Media Studies at Leeds Sixth Form is a varied course, requiring you to develop and display both analytical and creative skills. You will engage with a wide range of media (including broadcast, print and electronic media), deepening your understanding of how texts are used to create meaning and appeal to audiences. In the second year, there is greater focus on the wider impact of media issues and representations. There is also a strong practical production element to each year of the course.
This course will allow you to develop various skills highly valued by both universities and potential employers, including:
Critical observation and analysis.
Organisation and time-management.
Individual and team-working.
There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment. Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed. The course may involved a mix of assignments and examinations.
The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus. There are specialised facilities equipped with industry standard resources and a suite of Apple-Macs for digital editing. Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite of 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.
The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.
For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.
Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.
Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.
In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.
There are no additional entry requirements for this subject.
Whilst the specialist skills and knowledge gained from A level Media Studies will enable students to progress onto degree level creative courses, particularly media, film, journalism and PR, students will also develop their analytical and critical thinking skills, benefitting from a wide range of future directions.