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Media Studies at Vandyke Upper School and Community College

Course description

For AS and A2 courses you will be taking four units; two for each level.

Unit 1. Investigating Media - will end in a 1 hour examination. Topics covered will include media texts, platforms (broadcasting, e-media and print) and cross-media studies from broadcast fiction, film fiction, documentary, music, news and sport.

Unit 2. Creating Media - two linked production pieces and a 1500-word evaluation taken from two of the three studied areas in Unit 1.


Unit 3. Media: Critical Perspectives - will cover pre-set topic areas starting with representations in the media, the impact of new/digital media, media theories and media issues and debates.

Unit 4. Media: Research and Production - a critical investigation into a range of media forms and a linked production piece.

Course content

For AS coursework students complete independent research, pre-production and plan a practical production. The emphasis at AS level is on technical and creative skills and knowledge of relevant codes and conventions. The production makes use of broadcast, e-media and conventional print media (studied in Unit 1) and will be supported by a 1500-word evaluation.


A2 coursework will cover research into a media text or theme, a critical investigation and a production piece linked to these.

Entry requirements

For those who have studied Media Studies at GCSE, a minimum grade C is required.

For those who have not studied Media Studies at GCSE, a minimum grades C is required in English and English Literature.


At AS Level students are expected to complete one other unit in addition to coursework. This will be assessed as a two-part examination lasting one hour and thirty minutes:

  • Section A will comprise four short answer questions based on one unseen piece of stimulus material from moving image, digital/web-based (e-media) or print
  • Section B will be a question based on a cross-media case study

At A2 Level students will sit a 1 hour examination of three questions based on the following:

  • In Section A students will answer three compulsory questions based on unseen stimulus materials.

In Section B students will answer one essay questions from a choice of two pre-set topics.

Future opportunities

Students of Media Studies go on to have careers in:

Journalism Sales

Advertising Marketing

Broadcasting Film Industry

Public Relations Management

The course accompanies well a number of arts and humanities based subjects and it can also be studied in its own right at university, through a range of course options. The ability to work well in a team to meet deadlines is also an invaluable one that is highly appreciated in all walks of life.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 January 2018
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