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Media Studies (A Level) at Broadway Academy

Course description

Twenty years ago the media could be summed up as mainly print (newspapers and magazines) and audio/visual (television, radio and films). Audiences today have access to a huge number of additional channels that let us receive news, entertainment, information and advertising. This new digital media includes the Web and mobile phones - providing us with access to blogs, social networking sites and emails.


GCE Media Studies is designed to enhance your enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the media and its role in your daily life. The course introduces you both to media ideas and the practice of production, which gives you the chance to develop a real understanding of media platforms, the contemporary media landscape and the influential role of the media in today’s society.



Course content

Media Studies offers students the chance to understand and analyse the world around them throught the texts we receive, read and make meaning of daily. 

Students will engage in Media texts and materials across many different areas, exploring music, film, magazines, social media and case studies of current trends of representation in society. 

Media Studies also offers students at AS and A2 the chance to create their own texts based on their interests across the three platforms.

Entry requirements

GCSE English at Grade 4 or above


Curriculum: Media One

What's assessed

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section

will test the following forms:

• advertising and marketing

• music video.

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test

any two of the following forms:

• radio

• newspapers

• film (industries only).

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 84 marks

• 35% of A-level

Curriculum: Media Two

What's assessed

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and

participatory media/video games.

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 84 marks

• 35% of A-level

media courses which many of our pupils choose to take up!


Future opportunities

Media studies naturally leads to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. But an awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers, such as social work, law, medicine and education. By knowing how the media operates you’ll be able to decode messages more skilfully, and engage with topics that interest you. Universities offer


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: 07 July 2018
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    • Broadway Academy is situated in Perry Barr in the north of Birmingham.

      We are very proud of our £21million new building which boasts state of the art facilities and a learning environment that is second to none.

      The Sixth Form is an important part of the whole school and students have permanent access to teaching staff and and resources to support their learning. The Sixth Formers are role models to the younger students and help support them by mentoring and running extra-curricular clubs.

      There are excellent public transport links for students coming from across the city.