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A Level Media Studies at The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Course description

You will study the products, practices and institutions of the media; Cinema, TV, the Internet, Newspapers, Magazines, Radio and the associated media worlds of Advertising, Photography and Music.  You will develop skills in analysis and theory-based knowledge, and be required to produce media artefacts such as magazine features, videos or photostories. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of media equipment such as –

  Digital still cameras

  Digital Video cameras 

  I Macs for digital video editing

Out-of-school activities relevant to the course are organised whenever possible.  In recent years we have arranged many popular trips to media institutions such as National Film Theatre, BFI IMAX, and The Guardian Newsroom in addition to viewing a wide variety of films, for example free screenings of new releases during National Youth Film Festival. This year students visited Sky TV and made their own News feature on Social Networking.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades (including English). 

It is not necessary to have prior experience of Media Studies at GCSE


50% Internally and externally moderated coursework (two linked practical productions at AS, and a critical investigation and linked production piece at A2.), 50% End‑of-unit formal examinations testing analytical skills. 


The department consistently gets excellent results. Last year 75% of students gained A*-C grades and 100% A*-D at A2.

Future opportunities

This course has many vocational uses, not just in the media industries such as TV, Radio and Journalism, but also in areas such as public relations, advertising and teaching.  The course is a recognised qualification for universities, many of which offer Media Studies as a degree course. Media Studies is an established academic subject with a discrete body of knowledge and a rigorous assessment scheme.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years