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Media Studies A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

A level Media Studies dissects the role of the media within society and is a combination of both coursework and examinations throughout the two year course. For the coursework section you will look at the moving image and learn how to construct your own films, paying particular attention to the technical elements that help create a successful product, while unlocking your potential to become skilled in filming and video editing. Media Studies not only challenges you practically, but theoretically. During the course, you will learn about those who make, advertise and sell products, and how producers interact with those who buy and consume them, as well as studying filmmakers and theorists from around the world. Additionally, you will also learn how to research and critically engage into many media topics, such as the representation and stereotyping of people within media texts, the complexities of media regulation and how the media impacts upon our society and our cultural identities.

Course content

AS Media Studies

In AS Media you develop your knowledge of Media and learn technical and creative skills, studying:

  • TV drama: analysing extracts from programmes such as 'Skins', 'Hollyoaks', 'Dr Who', 'The Street' 
    looking at technical codes and representations of gender, age, class, sexuality, disability and regional identity 
  • Institutions and audiences: - the processes of production, distribution, marketing and consumption of media organisations such as the local music industry. Trips and visits, such as to Future Radio Norwich, support your research for this case study as you explore the changing media world around you 
  • You make two 'media products' such as the opening to a new fiction film, including the titles 

Your research, planning and evaluation will be presented in electronic form such as a blog, website or podcast 

A2 Media Studies

You continue to develop your knowledge and practical skills.

  • Media 'product' - you make e.g. a music promo or an extract from a new TV documentary, a website for a new TV channel, a film trailer or a promotion package for a new film or computer game. You will have lots of support from teachers and technical staff in the Media Suite. Your research, planning and evaluation will again be presented in electronic form such as a blog, podcast or web pages 
  • Critical perspectives in media - assessing how your own skills develop through the production work on the course and analyse and evaluate one production you have made relating to e.g. genre, narrative, representation, audience and Media language 
  • Media regulation - exploring contemporary debates on issues such as censorship, film classification and the control of computer games, the press and advertising. 
  • Media in?uences on our behaviour and the issues surrounding regulation and control of the media

Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including English Language and either Mathematics or a science.



Coursework unit 50% of AS grade

Written examination unit 50% of AS Grade


Coursework unit 50% of A2 grade 

Written examination unit 50% of A2 grade

Future opportunities

Past students are now working for BBC television and radio, Radio Norwich, Disney, North Norfolk Radio, Norwich City Football Club, Heart Radio, Anglia TV, Island Records and Tiger Aspect. We have past students working currently in Hollywood, British cinema and Asian cinema. Studying this topic really can be the beginnings to help you to work in the creative sector, all around the world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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