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Description of Text •

The topic of this documentary is about the rise in on the cost of tuition fees. I will look at how the increase in cost of university facilities and its expenditures bring about stress and worries for students about to start university. I will have a look at how the cost of university altogether which makes students have second thoughts of going university, and disadvantages of being in debt of 27,000 or more. I have chose to analyse this documentary because I am too a student wanting to go to university and I am reluctant to achieve my goals of pursuing a successful career . However have doubts of going on because of the increase in tuition and the debt that I will be left with after I finish my studies. This documentary entirely fits in well with mine, as the angle and the topic is the same. The documentary that I analysed had one main male presenter and a second one who was a student telling us about his experience of how hard it is for students who are not privileged enough to go to achieve higher education. The location of this documentary is et in Oxford university this denotes that the documentary is targeted towards young students who are wanting or thinking of going to university. In this documentary we see a discussion of students for Cherwell College in Oxford. During the interview one of the students says that they would like to go to university as soon as she finishes her college course, but is not certain that she will be able to do that, and will wait for a year or two depending on her financial circumstances. Another student from Cherwell Oxford College says that ‘’ yes I will be in a lot of debt but so is everyone else’’ and will go ahead with his decision. Another sixth former said that she would like to go Cambridge university but says it doesn't seem possible if the prices for tuition fees increase. This documentary is biased and appeals only towards students and does not back the governments decisions and methods of why they increase the tuition fees. However the advantage of this documentary is that it explains to us real life issues of students in financial crises in this century. This provides both the young people and the documentaries target audience a sense of reliability.

Potential Audience for Text •

The documentary I analysed is aimed at students thinking about of going to higher education. The potential audience for this documentary is aimed and targeted towards 18 years of age and over. There is a huge age gap between the audience as anyone can learn and go to university, at whatever age as long they are 18 and over, however in this documentary it is aimed at students in sixth form. The interests of this target audience would be mainly interested in keeping updated with the news, going out and socialising with friends and would like to keep updated with daily politics. The location of were the target audience live are all over and across the UK, the social economic group for this documentary are audiences categorically labelled as A to E, which demonstrates that my topic about proceeding to higher education appeals to absolutely everyone interested in learning and those who are looking to develop new qualifications and skills.

Key influences on your idea- Content and form •

Camera- The documentary included a variety of shots from close ups to longshots, mid shots and a pan. This will be ideal for my work so the audience get a perspective from all angels making it easier for them to get involved and have a connection with what is going on the screen.

Editing- For editing this documentary at the beginning had the use of consistent fade in’s. I will use this technique in my documentary to engage the audiences attentions in a interesting way.

Music- In this documentary classical music is used throughout, this was used to match the posh theme of Oxford university and used for the audience to acknowledge the outstanding quality of one of the higher education establishments. I will also use music in my documentary as selected scenes so that my audience do not get bored.

Opinions – In this documentary they have opinions from students and a normal tax payer which in this case is the presenter. I could use this example of interviewing students in my documentary so that the audience who are students feel engaged in the documentary.

Use of camera •

In this documentary there is the consistent usage of a variety of shots, these include, longshots to express body language to the audience whilst the presenters walk and talk at the same time. They also used a panning shot to denote to the audience a establishing shot Oxford town centre and heart of Oxford university campus, to denote to the audience the location of where the documentary is set in.


Further more zoom in and outs have been used when interviewing students, to denote their body language and facial expressions to the audience.

Use of Sound •

Dialogue- Dialogue is used through out the documentary, to get the students and presenters view across to the audience.

Voice Over – There is a voice over used at the beginning of the documentary of a male presenter, the use of Oxford scenery is used to keep the audiences attention on scree.

Background Music – Classical music is used throughout the documentary , I too will use music in my documentary to keep my audience entertained.

Use of Editing •

The editing used in this documentary is slightly fast pace working along side the voice over of the presenter. This keeps he audience entertained. At the beginning of this documentary fades have been used to move from one shot to another.


No graphics such as titles were used in the documentary such as the names of the people presenting and the names of those being interviewed. This is an disadvantage because the audience have not been introduced to those been interviewed in the discussion making it difficult to relate to or find a connection with what they are talking about. I will not make this mistake in my documentary as I will introduce my audience to the presenter and those being interviewed.

Content and Conventions •

Mode of address- The mode of address used in this documentary is direct and formal and has a serious tone, as this documentary is about, young people making serious decisions about their future and what they will do next.

Expert Opinions- An expert opinion in this documentary is by Wendy Pier from the Russell Group university says that she believes that universities are not deserting students from poorer backgrounds and are in fact helping them build a better future, and will only need to pay back their loan once they have a job and are earning 15,000 or more, and if this is not the case then they do not need to pay the loan back.

Interviews- Students giving their views and opinions on increasing university fees and talk about the concerns they will have in the future.

Tuition Fees

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