About this course
The Media Studies AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
What you will study
The course comprises of two modules which make up 40% of the full A Level qualification:
Module 1: Investigating the media
This unit will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of media language, representations, media industries and audiences, with a particular focus on advertising, news and film. There will be one exam of 2 ¼ hrs in June.
Module 2: Creating a media production
This internally assessed (coursework) unit includes individual research and planning, created in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC. You will be expected to apply your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and to produce an individual reflective analysis of your production work.
Course fee per year
Part-time enrolment fee: £0.00
Individual Subject Entry Requirements English Language minimum B
Teaching and assessment
- One written exam and coursework
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
- Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
- Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
- Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
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- Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
- Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Time of day
I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Business and Management
- Graphic Design
- Media Studies
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