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Media Studies A-Level at Burnham Grammar School

Course description

Media Studies is a hands-on and theoretical course for students who are capable of working independently. Students will develop skills in the use of Photoshop and Final Cut Pro editing software thoroughly and we like to emphasise that the skills nurtured and realised in media studies are skills that future employers in the digital media communication sector need in abundance.

Media Studies is fundamentally a vocational qualification, a point that is emphasised throughout the course to students. Creative, technical and theoretical aspects of the course make this ideal for a variety of talents and students; importantly Media Studies is a creative course. A knowledge and interest in newspapers, music and television, film and current affairs is a MUST. In addition students wishing to pursue a career in these sectors must consider Media Studies as a serious option. Psychology, Modern History, Economics, Business Studies, Drama, English, IT, Design, Graphics and Sociology are all elements within this course.

Course content

Textual analysis is the key skill in media studies as is a yearning to express oneself creatively. A significant percentage of the course is portfolio based and as such sets students up to be able to apply for courses at university with a body of evidence that demonstrates their technical capabilities in the digital arts. Theory based units allow students to explore some key themes in Media Studies such as the representation of particular social groups and how the media effects us and our societies.

Entry requirements

You must achieve at least 368 GCSE capped points (i.e. your best 8 subjects) for entry to the Sixth form. You must also achieve a C grade in English Language GCSE and Mathematics GCSE alongside meeting the entry criteria for each individual subject. Option 4 is conditional upon achieving 400+ GCSE capped points. 

GCSE points: A*= 58, A= 52, B= 46, C= 40, D= 34

Subject Specific

B in GCSE English Literature or English Language.


  • G321: Foundation Portfolio Coursework
  • G322: Textual Analysis and Audience and Institutions
  • G324: Advanced Portfolio Coursework
  • G325: Critical Perspectives in Media.

Future opportunities

Students‟ progress throughout the course by acquiring and developing their skills in digital media production. The coursework units develop students‟ skills sets year –on-year alongside the theoretical development of ideas which they are examined on. The knowledge gained is synoptic: the practical elements of the course are expressed in theoretical terms in the exams.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burnham Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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