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Media Studies Level 3 at The Billericay School

Course description

Through studying Media Studies students will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. The course also encourages the development of creative ideas and skills. The course offered will either be the new A level or a vocational equivalent.

Course content

The content will focus on the core principles of the media, namely genre, representation, audience, institutions and narrative. This will be achieved through case studies and textual analysis. The content will focus on topics including;

  • the way events, issues and individuals arerepresented and portrayed to an audience
  • the processes which lead media producers to make choices
  • the effect of social and cultural context on representation
  • how developing technologies affect media language
  • the codes and conventions of media forms and products
  • the regulatory framework of contemporary media in the UK
  • how media organisations maintain, including through marketing, varieties of audiences nationally and globally
  • how processes of production, distribution and circulation are affected by ‘new’ digital technologies
  • how media producers target, attract, address and potentially construct audiences.

Entry requirements

GCSE C grade or grade 5 in English language or literature.


A-Level Media Studies is a linear course Students will undertake two written exams, of
approximately two hours, at the end of year 13. Each paper will worth 35% of the total marks. Students will also be required create new media products from several media areas. This practical area of the course is worth 30% of the total marks.

Future opportunities

Contemporary society is media saturated. Every sphere of human experience; the personal, the economic, the cultural, the moral and the aesthetic is mediated. The media is a growing, increasingly wide-ranging field. Journalism, public relations, communications studies, advertising, broadcasting, TV and film are just some of the many subjects that it includes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Billericay School directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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    • The size of our Sixth Form gives us greater resources than smaller institutions and this means we are more able to offer a wider range of subject and course combinations at A level & BTEC level 3.

      • A highly qualified and experienced staff that have a proven track record of working successfully at A level.
      • Excellent study facilities and subject resources (including state of the art media and music facilities).
      • Personalised care and support through a personal tutor and the Sixth Form pastoral team, supporting and monitoring your progress and acting as a contact point with home.
      • An exceptional curriculum enrichment programme.
      • Access to the school’s sport and gym facilities.
      • Outstanding guidance and support for university, employment or training.