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Media Studies AS & A level at Stowupland High School

Course description

You will develop media literacy and competency to a high level as well as being given the opportunity to extend your awareness and enjoyment of a wide range of media texts.          

Entry requirements

We expect students to have gained at least a strong C grade, preferably a B grade, at GCSE  English Language as well as fulfilling the entry requirements for the Sixth Form. This is a good choice for students who are not afraid of hard work!  You will need to be able to work on written, oral and practical assignments independently and in collaboration with others.


There are two units making up AS Media Studies and a further two at A2 to complete a full A level in the subject. Both examination and coursework units are equally weighted and the course provides an excellent balance of practical media production and analysis of existing media texts.

AS unit 1 Investigating Media  50% AS mark/25% of total A Level mark

Analysis of a range of texts from different media; understanding of key media concepts and platforms such as print, e-media and broadcasting.

AS unit 2 - Creating Media (Coursework)  50% AS mark/25% of total A Level mark

Students produce two of their own media productions in two of the three media platforms, with an evaluation of their productions.

A2 unit 3 - Media: Critical Perspectives  50% A2 mark/25% of total A Level mark

A variety of issues and debates within Media are examined including Reality TV, moral panics, the digital revolution, censorship and broadcasting post 9/11.

A2 unit 4 - Media: Research & Production  50% A2 mark/25% of total A Level mark

Coursework - a portfolio to include a Critical Investigation based on a media issue or debate and a linked production piece.

Future opportunities

There is a range of options available to you.  This course will give you a qualification recognised by all further education institutions.  It is particularly useful if you are considering a career in the fields of communication, public relations, journalism or film/television.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September