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A Level Media Studies at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

The Internet, film, broadcasting, the press and other media play a major role in modern life. The media are all around us, every day of our lives. One of the main aims of this course is to bring a critical awareness to your use of the media and to enable you to get more from your experiences of cinema, television or the Internet. The course is an increasingly popular one with more students wishing to follow it every year. For many this is the start of what they hope will be a career path. The course is not a vocational one and will not automatically result in a glamorous job in the media, but it will give you a broad understanding of how the media industry works and it may well lead on to other professional courses. Significant numbers of students go on every year to degree courses in media related subjects at university.

At AS there are two units. Unit 1: Media Representations and Response in which students will study how a wide range of print and moving image texts are constructed. They will analyse how individuals, groups and issues are represented in those media texts. Audience responses to the texts will also be a key focus of this unit.

Unit 2: Media Production Processes is a coursework portfolio consisting of:
- a pre-production task which reflects research and planning in the focus area,
- a production which develops out of the pre-production,
- a report of 1200-1600 words.

At A2 there are two further units. Unit 3: Media Investigation and Production is an academic essay (or research investigation: 1400 – 1800 words), related production work (informed by the investigation) and an evaluation (500 – 750 words). This is a unit with students undertaking their own choice of media investigation/research independently and with the related practical production linked to either genre, narrative or representation.

In Unit 4: Media – Text, Industry and Audience. Students will study three different media industries out of a choice of television, film, advertising, music, radio, newspapers, magazines.


MS1: 2½ hour exam: 50% of AS (25% of full A Level).
MS2: 50% of AS (25% of full A Level).

MS3: 50% of A2 (25% of full A Level)
MS4: 2½ hour essay based exam: 50% of A2 (25% of full A Level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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