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Media Studies AS/A2 Level at The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School

Course description

Students now grow up in a world saturated with media. This course offers students the chance to study the media more closely. It is the biggest cultural phenomenon of our time: a multibillion pound global industry with vast political and economic influence.

It is a force that can influence the outcome of wars and elections, invigorate or subvert democracy, free or constrict groups within our society. The more students learn about how it works, the better equipped they are to analyse the priorities and agendas of the products’ producers. The creative elements of the course allow students to become media producers, putting what they have learnt into practice

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

B grades or above for English and English Literature. Students with C grades will be interviewed by the Head of Department. Students should also have demonstrated skills of independent production and creativity in one of their GCSE option subjects.


AS level Year 12

50% Examination, 50% Coursework “Media Representations and Responses” “Media Production Processes”

A2 level Year 13

50% Coursework, 50% Examination “Media Investigation and Production” “Media – Text, Industry and Audience”

Future opportunities

Should students desire to work in the media eventually, they must be aware that studying A Level Media Studies can only play a small part in achieving this goal. The industry is a competitive field and attracts students from traditional academic subjects as well as the new academic subjects.

The course develops skills of academic analysis, independent thought and critical thinking; all of which are essential for degree study. The creative elements of the course require skills of research, planning, creativity, presentation and marketing. Media Studies is excellent preparation for any career that requires skills of audience-targeting or meeting the needs of a customer or client.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years