Welcome to the Media Studies Department
We pride ourselves on a tradition of high standards and excellent results within the Media Studies department. The A Level course offers a comprehensive and integrated coverage of media theory and practice and more importantly provides opportunities for students to investigate what interests them.
Key Stage Five
Course Content - What will I study?
Media Studies offers the chance to create and explore a wide range of forms across the three media platforms of broadcast, moving image, print and media. There is also the opportunity to debate contemporary topics such as representations of women, celebrity culture, the impact of digital media and censorship.
Students are taught the following Key Concepts of Media analysis:
- Media Representations.
- Media Language.
- Media Institutions.
- Media Values and Ideology.
- Media Audiences.
At AS they study a selection of the following topics:
- Media texts, concepts and contexts.
- Platforms including e-media, broadcasting and print.
- Printed communications.
- Cross media studies from broadcast fiction, film fiction, documentary, lifestyle music, news and sport.
At A2 they study two of the following topics:
- Pre-set topic areas starting with representations in the media and the impact of new/digital media.
- Cross media issues and debates.
- Media theories.
Students are expected to submit a print or video based practical assignment at AS and to undertake an independent critical study and a linked production piece at A2. Both AS and A2 courses involve analysis of unseen texts as well as prepared independent studies. The wider issues of political, social, economic and historical contexts are also investigated.
How will my progress be tested and examined?
All assessment is by written examination.
- Unit 1: Investigating the Media - Exam 1 hr 30 mins - 50% (25% of overall A Level).
- Unit 2: Creating Media - Practical Production Coursework - 50% (25% of overall A Level)
- Unit 3: Critical Perspectives - Exam 1 hr 30 mins - 50% (25% of overall A Level)
- Unit 4: Research and Production - Coursework - 50% (25% of overall A Level)
Progression - How will the study of Media benefit students’ future education and career?
Media Studies places a co-equal emphasis on the academic skills of interpretation and analysis and artistic creativity across a range of genres and media. The course also prepares students for progression into work or higher education in a variety of media-related areas.