Media Studies - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course

Course Format:Online Course (With Optional Paper-Based Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email)
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Course Description

The Media Studies - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course is an introduction to this fascinating subject and will teach students about the history of media, showing comparisons with modern day media and will detail how modern day media affects all of our lives.

Access to Media and information technology has never been so important and is integral to most industries and professions and has become critical to policy making and teaching in government, schools and universities.

The nations media, press and information sectors are the subject to intense public concern and scrutiny and there is a growing acceptance of their unrivalled importance in our daily lives and with democratic institutions. Never before have the once separate worlds of news, stored knowledge, and the products of the mass media and entertainment industries converged locally, nationally, and globally, with even greater convergence certain to take place in the years ahead.

The Media Studies Diploma course makes clear the meaning of "media studies" in its widest context and will appeal to those wanting to explore this exciting and innovative vocational area.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Media Studies - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: Why study the media?; Control and Regulation; Denotation and connotation; Audience reception theory; Textual Analysis - including Narrative, Genre, Media Institutions, Media Values and; Ideology, and Media Audiences and Media language.
The following topics are covered: Criticism of Advertising; Audience theories - Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the hypodermic needle theory, uses and gratifications theory; Charity campaigning; Product placement; and Guerilla marketing.
The following topics are covered: Background on institutions; Sitcoms; Intertextuality; and Audiences.
The following topics are covered: Narrative theory; Media texts; The cause-and-effect chain; Modern theories: Narrative in cinema; The Field theory plot; Goal-oriented plots; Auteur theory; and Post modernism.
The following topics are covered: Media technology; Key concepts; Planning and pre-production; Advertising; Identifying the target audience; The brief; and Website pre-production.
The following topics are covered: What are Mediation Texts?; and Case Studies.
The following topics are covered: Hybrids; Mars Attacks! 1996; How do genres adapt to changing social economic and political contexts?; and Case Studies.
The following topics are covered: Newspapers; Broadsheet versus tabloid; News institutions; and An industrial process.
The following topics are covered: The Internet; The impact of new media; The audience as a producer; The entertainment industry and the Copyright; Social networking and privacy; New media institutions; Successful use of the internet and new media by TV; and Games.
The following topics are covered: Essay stages; Preparing to begin; 10 steps to a top-flight essay; Conducting independent research; The 7 sins of flawed research; and Writing a bibliography.
Course Format & Delivery

You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. 

Please Note: An optional hard-copy version of the course notes can be purchased for an additional £40.00. This is useful for learners who also want to study away from the computer and means they have course notes they can keep and refer back to beyond their online course license.

Delivery of the hard-copy materials is usually within 5 to 10 working days by a recorded delivery service.

Prerequistes

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted through the online portal or by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Assessment

Students will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Coursework assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post.

We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.

QLS Endorsed Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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