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Media Studies AS/A Level at Easingwold School

Course description

This Media Studies course is designed to develop students’ abilities to respond critically to the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills. It enables students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, production processes and technologies. It also encourages students to become independent in research skills and their application in their production work and in developing their own views and interpretations.
Media Studies complements several other A Level subjects:
Theatre Studies, Art and Design, Business Studies, Graphics,
Sociology and Theatre Studies.
The course provides opportunities for developing skills in communication, research, information technology, working with others and problem solving.


Course content

  • An integrated approach to studying:
  • A range of media, including the rapidly developing digital media.
  • The key role representation plays in the media.
  • The way audiences respond or interact in diverse ways.
  • Media issues in a creative context as well as to develop appropriate production skills.
  • Topics in the media which form the basis for production work, thus enablin g students to develop research and production skills.
  • The relationship between media texts, their audiences and the organisations which produce and distribute them



The four part structure of this course includes units 1 and 2 at AS and units 3 and 4 at A2.
  • Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full qualification (AS in brackets)
  • Unit 1- Media Representations and Responses is a 2½ hour written exam which is externally assessed.
  • 25%(50%)
  • Unit 3 – Media Investigation and Production is assessed internally through practical and written coursework.
  • 25%(50%)
  • Unit 4 – Media – Text, Industry and Audience is a 2½ hour written exam which is externally assessed.Unit 2 – Media Production Processes is assessed internally through practical and written coursework.
  • 25%(50%)


Future opportunities

This course provides a suitablefoundation for the study of Media Studies or a related area through a range of higher education degree courses; progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. some degree and HND courses); or direct entry into employment. It also provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not progress to further study in this subject

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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