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MEDIA STUDIES AS/A LEVEL at Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College)

Course description

Media Studies is an interesting, challenging and evermore relevant subject area, which offers students the opportunity to study the history, theory and rapid developments behind mass media such as the press, television, cinema, advertising, video games and the music industry. The course combines academic study and creative application, with students encouraged to acquire and develop new skills in advanced video production as well as considering the role played by our modern media in shaping and affecting the society around us

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Subject Content & Assessment



Media Representations and Responses

This unit looks at the role played by the media in influencing how we view the world, investigating how different audiences respond to media texts and the effects of media representations upon our own beliefs and opinions. The unit is assessed through examination, involving both your own research material and unseen audio-visual or print-based texts.


Weighting: 50% AS 25% A Level

Duration: 2 hr 30 mins


Media Production Processes

You will research, plan, make and evaluate your own practical media text.


Weighting: 50% AS 25% A Level

Duration: Coursework











Media Investigation & Production

You will research media texts, as well as the audiences and institutions behind them, using your findings as inspiration to produce productions of your own.




Weighting: 25% A Level

Duration: Coursework


Media – Text, Industry and Audience


This unit involves the close study of three separate media industries, using a range of core examples to explore the history and development of each sector as well as the role that they play within our own lives. The unit is assessed through examination, testing your own extensive research and understanding of each area of study.


Weighting: 25% A Level

Duration: 2 hr 30 mins

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A minimum of Grade C in GCSE Media, although we will consider students new to the subject. Essential qualities are energy, initiative, enthusiasm, patience, an open mind, a willingness to collaborate with others and, above all, a genuine interest in the working and effects of the mass media.  Grade C or above in English/English Literature is essential, as the course involves a considerable amount of written work and requires the exploration and discussion of a range of high-level concepts and ideas. In addition, all applications should have achieved at least five GCSEs at A*- C level.



Learning Methods

As well as whole group teaching/discussion, there is a lot of small group and individual planning, research and presentation, as well as practical involvement in a range of tasks.  Written work includes essays, timed assignments, research work and pre-production creative units.

Future opportunities


The wide ranging nature of Media Studies A Level makes it an ideal course to combine with many other subjects. Many of our students link it with arts subjects such as English, History, Art and Music.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College) directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Md