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MEDIA STUDIES - AS Level (AQA) at Chipping Campden School

Course description

1 year course offered as part of a full time study programme.

To foster an understanding of media products, the practices

which lead to their production, the institutions in which they are

produced and the audiences who consume them. Candidates will

be given the opportunity to work with media technologies in

imaginative and inventive ways.

Course content

In AS Unit 1:

Investigating the Media, candidates will investigate the media in

order to reach an understanding of how meanings and responses

are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing

contexts will be studied in terms of texts, platforms and

technologies. This unit is assessed by examination (90 mins) in


In Unit 2:

Creating Media, students will produce coursework of two linked

media artefacts taken from two of the media platforms studied in

Unit 1 with a single, accompanying evaluation and pre-production


Entry requirements

Prospective candidates should have acquired the skills and

knowledge associated with study at GCSE level and attained a C

grade in English Language or English. Prior study of the media is

helpful but not essential. Clearly, an interest in the mass media will

be important, but creative flair, good I.T. skills and experience in

the Creative Arts (Music, Drama, Art) would be a definite



At both AS and A2, Examinations account for 50% of the

assessment, and Coursework for 50%. AS modules each count

for 25% of the total A2 grade.

Future opportunities

Knowledge of the media is increasingly valued and is becoming

an important aspect of work in most institutions in our

‘information society’. AS/A2 Media Studies should therefore be of

value to candidates entering employment across a wide range of

industries and professions, particularly journalism, marketing,

advertising, television, film, radio and theatre.

Further information

Media texts will be analysed both in class and independently.

Students will be expected to take an active part in discussion,

and to make detailed notes, which will contribute to regular

essays and projects. Students will be introduced to the use of

media equipment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Campden School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr J Beynon
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01386 840216


  • More information
    • The school has over 1100 students, 250 in the sixth form, but retains a ‘family feel’

      through its excellent pastoral organisation. We welcome additional

      students post-16 to follow A Level and other advanced courses of


      Achievement is outstanding because students have access to an

      excellent curriculum and are taught extremely well. (OfSTED)

      The school is determined to:

      • Provide a safe environment where students are happy, able to

      learn, achieve their potential and develop as fully rounded people

      • Personalise learning pathways so that every student makes the

      best progress possible

      • Provide high quality teaching which challenges the most able and

      supports successful learning for all