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Media Studies A Level at Mascalls Academy

Course description

This course is designed to offer an integrated, holistic approach to the study of media, exploring the media issues and debates, as well as analysing how Media language is used to construct media products, and question how these products appeal to specific audiences.

You will learn to analyse texts such as TV shows, videogames, magazines, films, posters and more. There will be a variety of products, such as historical texts and texts from different cultures, which will be used to expand understanding of audience responses within context.

This creative subject will also enable you to develop design-skills, using Photoshop and InDesign, as well as honing more practical photography skills.


Course content

Year 1

You will study how media texts are constructed and how audiences and users respond to and interpret them, using products that span time and culture - a theme will be given by the exam board, which will provide a general viewpoint for our studies.

Primary focus will be on the products and audience responses, representations, technical codes and media industries.

You will analyse a range of representations, including: gender, ethnicity, age, events and regional and national identities. Specifically we will look at how these representations are constructed and how audiences respond to them.

Year 2

You will complete a non examination assessment (coursework) that constitutes 30% of your final grade. This will be a cross media product, created to address an issue or debate within the media industry, of specific interest to you.

In this year, you will also receive a number of Close Study Products from the exam board which will be the basis for paper two of the examination, with the given theme being the basis for the issues and debates focused paper one.


Entry requirements

Whilst study of Media at GCSE is preferable it is not essential. If GCSE Media Studies has been taken, an A*-C grade must have been achieved.



Assessment at the end of year 2 of the course is through two examinations.

Paper one is based on the given theme, and requires exploration of issues and debates by providing short answers, medium length answers and discursive essay style answers.

Paper two is based on the Close Study Products and you will be asked to provide three discursive answers to comparative questions.


Future opportunities

Media Studies allows students to widen career choices greatly. Graduates have found that considerable opportunities are greatly improved due to the transferable skills required for the completion of a Media Studies course such as IT and specialised software knowledge, which are increasingly sought after in a new technologically-minded age.

Business managers, software producers, advertising specialists, journalists, teachers and games software producers, are amongst some occupations that many graduates have gone into.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years