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Media Studies AS & A Level at Biddenham Upper School and Sports College

Course description

Studying this subject will mean you study a comprehensive range of media theory and practice. There is a strong focus on new technologies and you will look at the audience as both consumers and producers of media texts. There are opportunities for you to investigate an area of the media that interests you, as well as having the opportunity to carry out practical production at both AS and A2.

As a candidate you will learn the basics of deconstructing Media Forms by looking into Media Representations, Institutions, Audiences, News Values, Moral panics, Semiotics, Structuralism and post-structuralism, Postmodernism and its critiques, Gender and Ethnicity, Marxism and Hegemony, Liberal Pluralism, Colonialism and Post-colonialism,Audience Theories, Genre Theories.

The Media Platforms studied include Broadcasting, Digital/web-based media (e-media) and Print Media.There is also the opportunity to learn how to capture moving images effectively and use up to date editing software to compile it all into an original piece.

Entry requirements

English GCSE at grade C or above.


At AS (year 12) you will study two units;

  • Unit 1:‘Investigating Media’ concludes with a two hour written examination, consisting of four compulsory short answer questions and a choice of essay topic.
  • Unit 2:‘Creating Media’, this is a practical unit where you produce two linked production pieces taken from two of the three media platforms studied in unit 1, followed by a 1500 word evaluation.

At A2 (year 13) you will study two further units;

  • Unit 3: ‘Critical Perspective’ which concluded in a two hour written examination, consisting of three compulsory questions on an unseen stimulus (piece of media) and a choice of essay topic.
  • Unit 4: ‘Research and Production’, this is a practical unit where you complete a critical investigation and a linked production piece.

The assessments in both AS and A2 surround a coursework module which allows the student to be creative. This can include filming, still camera work, radio presenting and website creation. There is also an exam in AS and A2 which surrounds the themes and ideas which would have been discussed during the year based upon specific examples of media texts.

Future opportunities

The opportunities which are available for those students who study Media can lead to Higher education; Newspaper design; Magazine design; Journalism; Television production; Radio production; Marketing; Editing; 'New media' jobs; emedia;Development; Teaching and Lecturing as well as many other vocations.

Further information

Course contact: Mr A Smith,

Examination board: AQA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Biddenham Upper School and Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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