L3 Media Studies - Semester B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr B. Coleman

Level 3 Media Studies - Media vs. Society - Semester B 

Why should students take this course?

This is a course for the creative and discerning media student. You will analyse how the internet, social media, gaming, television and film represent individuals, social groups, ideas and events. You will have the opportunity to discover how to make sense of the media, create and innovate, and be prepared for a future that requires you to critically engage with the media. 

Specific contexts will be co-constructed by you with your teacher. Past students have engaged with a wide range of media topics from crime, identity, LGBTQI+, racism, Aotearoa, misinformation, conspiracy theories, AR/VR and the impact of the internet on various media industries. 

You will demonstrate all PRIDE values in this course not only to achieve success but make the most out of your experience in belonging to a diverse and creative media studies whānau at Kaipara College.

What curriculum skills will you learn?

  • Mediation, Communication and Creativity
  • Thinking
  • Relating to others
  • Using language, symbols and texts
  • Participating and contributing
  • Managing self

Other Information

Students who want to gain a subject endorsement will also need to take this subject in Semester A. For this subject to count as a University Entrance approved subject, students will need to take the subject in both semesters to gain the required 14 credits.

Students who have not taken Media Studies 3.5 in Semester A will not likely be able to complete Media Studies 3.6 in Semester B and instead complete Media Studies 3.3 and Media Studies 3.4 (and/or another Achievement Standard(s) in consultation with their teacher).

Students who complete Media Studies 3.6 will have a choice between completing Media Studies 3.3 or the External Media Studies 3.4 (or another Achievement Standard in consultation with their teacher to ensure they achieve the required number of credits).

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

You must be unafraid of a mind filled with more questions than answers. Be prepared to think critically of everything including your own media creations, and write about it.

Career Pathways

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

This course is approved for University Entrance however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Total Credits Available: 13 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 9 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91492 v2
Media Studies 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the media representation of an aspect of New Zealand culture or society
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91493 v3
Media Studies 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of a relationship between a media genre and society
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91495 v2
Media Studies 3.6 - Produce a media product to meet the requirements of a brief
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 13
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 13
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 13

At least 14 Achieved credits are required in an approved subject for the subject to count as an approved University Entrance subject. You will need to take both Semesters at Level 3 to earn 14 credits as each semester usually offers 8-10 credits.


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.

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