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Media Studies AS level at North Liverpool Academy

Course description

Media Studies is the systematic examination of both the traditional media (such as radio, newspapers and television) and the newer media (such as the Internet and electronic games). As a discipline it seeks to develop an informed and critical understanding of the ways in which the media influence social, political and economic areas of life, as well as the way they shape our perceptions, attitudes, desires and behaviour.

Course content

  • Block 1: Introduction to the course: Key Concepts and Media Language.
  • Block 2: Practical Production (Coursework); Cinematography & Editing.
  • Block 3: Mise-en-Scene, Sound, Iconography and Codes.
  • Block 4: Semiotics, Genre, Narrative (exam)
  • Block 5: Representations, Audience, Institutions (exam)

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE English (Higher tier) as well as a keen interest in topical issues and the world around you.

There is no prerequisite to have studied Media previously at GCSE.


AS Level Media Studies has two assessed aspects: one 2 hour written examination and one practical unit.

Future opportunities

Media Studies students find that the skills they have developed suit a variety of career roles making them sought after in marketing and events management related industries as well as the media sector. Studying this course can lead directly to university where students discover that Media degrees tend to be quite flexible and can be studied alongside subjects such as psychology, sociology, languages, and economics to add more breadth to their skills. Students usually develop a flexible and creative approach to tasks, excellent communication and presentation skills, and a greater critical awareness of media roles in society.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Liverpool Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year