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Media Studies at Outwood Academy Hemsworth

Course description

Duration: 2 Years

Media Studies is a modern qualification which develops both your analytical and production skills. Half the course is assessed via production work, on which you are encouraged to work with colleagues to produce videos. Students use a range of new technologies to complete their production coursework, including websites and magazines. There is also an exam-based unit which looks at a range of media from television, film and newspapers to the Internet.

Course content

The course explores all aspects of media forms and production work. Students will initially be introduced to modern media forms, where students will be equipped with analytical tools for reading and deconstructing media texts. These skills are then further developed in the study of media representation. Students will consider, for example, the medias role in reinforcing dominant ideologies and stereotypes on age, gender and ethnicity.

In Year 13, students concentrate their exploration on the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the organisations which produce and distribute them.

MS1: Media Representations and Responses

The aims of this unit is to provide students with a framework for analysing the media. A range of media texts will be deconstructed from newspapers to contemporary film extracts to television sequences. Students will explore the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation and make connections between the texts and audiences. The unit aims to engage students with the debates some media texts raise. Concepts such as stereotyping and issues surrounding the representation of gender, ethnicity, nation and age will be explored.

MS2: Media Production Processes

This unit is to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation. Students will be required to produce three sections of work. Students tend to focus their work on producing a trailer for the horror genre or a series of advertisement posters for it.

MS3: Media Investigation and Production

The aim of this module is to bring together all the elements of the course in a small research project. From this research, students will continue into a production.

MS4: Media - Text, Industry and Audience

In this module, students study three media industries in depth. Students will study film, television and newspapers. The aim of the module is to develop students understanding of the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the industries which produce and distribute them.

Entry requirements

In order to be able to study this qualification, students should have a minimum of 5 A* - C Grades (or the new Grades 4 - 9) You must have obtained a Grade C in GCSE English (Grade 4+)


The course entails both coursework and exam assessment in both years. Coursework comprises of both research and production tasks.


MS1: 2 hour 30 minute exam.
MS2: Coursework.

MS3: Coursework.
MS4: 2 hour 30 minute exam


Future opportunities

Media can provide endless job opportunities - Media Broadcasting, Journalism, Teaching, Public Relations, Communication Industries and Publishing.  An increasing number of employers in seemingly unrelated careers are now seeking professionals with proven communication skills, which this course seeks to develop.

Further information

Students are taught by a team of teachers who offer excellent support and guidance and expect students to be good independent learners.


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: 17 October 2016
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