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Media Studies GCE A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

The course will enable you to draw on your existing experience of the media and will develop your abilities to analyse a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies. You will be able to develop your creative skills through the production of two practical pieces of work. One to be completed in your AS year and the other in your second year. During your second year you will also study specific media industries like television and music in more detail and explore the contexts in which they operate.

Course content

AS Level (year one)

Unit One

Media Representations and Responses

This unit is designed to develop your analytical skills. The exam will include the analysis of an unseen text such as a film extract or newspaper front cover and two questions relating to the concepts of representation and audience.


Unit Two

Media Production Processes

This coursework unit is designed to develop your practical skills, although it will also expect you to plan and evaluate your work. You will have the option of choosing either print or moving image based technology in the production of your work. Possible options might include producing a print based advertising campaign or a film trailer.


A Level (year two)

Unit Three

Media Investigation & Production

This coursework unit develops your understanding of key theoretical approaches, and expects you to produce a mixture of essay based investigation and linked practical work, for example; the representation of gender in advertising.

Unit Four

Media - Text, Industry and Audience

This is an exam based unit and will focus on three different media industries, from which you will be expected to answer one question on each industry.

Entry requirements

You will need a grade C or above in GCSE English.


In addition to one examination, 50% of the AS course is made up coursework. At AS Level your marks are divided between coursework; consisting of the creation of pre production and production products and a 750 word evaluation, and a two and half hour written exam.

Future opportunities

The majority of our students go on to study at University and many pursue media-related courses/careers in PR, advertising, journalism or media production.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years