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Media Studies A-Level at Oakgrove School

Course description

This is an A-Level course in Media Studies, consisting of 4 units.

Course content

Units studied in Year 12 are:

G321 Foundation Portfolio: Students are expected to create a preliminary sequence and then move on to the main part of this unit which is coursework based where they create the opening sequence for a new fictional film which lasts for two minutes. Research, planning and an evaluation is submitted in the form of a blog.

G322 Key Concepts (TV drama): In this unit students explore key media concepts which they then apply to two areas of study. Section A explores TV drama – students will analyse a variety of extracts from different TV genres and will explore themes such as Age, Class, Gender and Status. Section B explores the film industry and students explore institutions and audiences looking in detail at two case studies in the film industry.

Units studied in Year 13 are:

G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media: Students are required to create a promotional package for a film. This includes a film trailer, a film poster and a film magazine cover featuring the film. Again, students will be required to submit research, planning and an evaluation in the form of a blog.

G325 Critical Perspectives in Media: Students will describe and evaluate their skills development over the two years in relation to one theoretical concept. Students also study contemporary media issues and focus on ‘We Media’ and Democracy and Postmodern Media.


Students can achieve grade A-E and all exam units will be covered in lesson tasks and homework tasks.

Students will be fully prepared for all examinations and will have the opportunity to look at past papers and to submit essays for marking.

Year 12: AS– G322 Key Concepts (TV drama)

  • 2 hours external assessment
  • Two questions to answer
  • Worth 50% of the AS Level and 25% of the A Level

Year 13: A2– G325 Critical Perspectives in Media

  • 2 hour external assessment
  • 3 questions to answer
  • Worth 25% of the overall A Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oakgrove School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years