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A Level Media Studies at Newquay Tretherras School

Course description

Probably more than any other post-16 course, Media Studies offers a broad examination of contemporary society. The course is centred on contemporary media issues and texts and through in-depth analysis, we examine the ways in which society makes sense, and moulds views of the world. The practical element guides you through the research, planning and production of a creative media text. Media Studies complements most other subjects but goes particularly well with English, Sociology and The Creative Arts.

Course content

Year 1 and 2 Topics studied
AS Topics Studied: Media Responses and Representations. Media Audiences. Marketing in the Music Industry.

A2 Topics studied: The study of three media industries: Film, TV and Advertising. Plus, research into an issue of contemporary media, to include an independent creative production response.

Entry requirements

A grade C or above in Media Studies or English is the required entry point.


50% exam and 50% coursework for both AS and A2 Level.

Future opportunities

This is a challenging course which requires commitment and a willingness to share and explore ideas.  Many students go on to take Media Studies at university. Several of our former students now have key jobs in the local and national media, including some of the world’s biggest media institutions. You will be given specific guidance from your tutors about suitable career/university paths you might take.

Further information

The course is demanding and you will need to be conscientious, committed, organised and well-motivated. By the end of the course you will be more aware of the ways in which newspapers, advertisements, films, video games and other media operate. You will have created two practical media products, either print or audio visual, which will be submitted for assessment to the exam board. You will also have conducted extensive research into various areas of the media.

Outside of the Classroom
It is expected that you will use your study periods to revise topics, conduct further reading and research in the library and study a range of media texts independently to support lessons and coursework topics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newquay Tretherras School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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