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Media Studies at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Course description

The Media is arguably the most powerful force at work in society. Today, it bombards us from television screens and we are exposed to it in magazines, newspapers and on the internet. Our leisure and working time is spent consuming Media. Media Studies helps students make sense of the world around them, encouraging them to become sophisticated and skilled users and makers of Media texts.

The course is lively, artistic, technical, intellectual, challenging and fun. Students need to be writers, directors, analysts and serious commentators. Media teaches co-operation and mutual respect within groups and is very much team based.



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Entry requirements

An average Attainment 8 score of 5.5 as well as a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature. In addition a GCSE Grade B in Media is preferred.


External examination 01 is worth 30% of total A Level.  This paper combines an unseen material analysis (typically from British Television News Broadcasting) and a Theoretical Evaluation of production work. This examination is 1hour 45 minutes long including 10 minutes of viewing time for the unseen material and it’s worth 60 marks.

External examination 02 is worth 40% of total A Level. This paper comprises three sections. Section A: Changing Platforms, Section B: Evolving Media and Section C: Long Form Television Drama. This examination is 2 hours long and it’s worth 80 marks.

The Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) or coursework is worth 30% of total A Level.  You must respond to one of three set production briefs that will consist of a moving image section, a print section and an online media section.  The NEA is the equivalent of 60 marks.

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Further information

Exam Board: OCR

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years