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Media Studies A level at Howard of Effingham School

Course description

The course is developed to enable students to have an understanding of the media that surrounds them everyday. The syllabus is diverse and allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources and apply their knowledge through both analysing and producing media products. 

The course will consist of a number of units across the two years, which will develop skills and understanding in the following areas:

  • Media language - how the media through their forms, codes, conventions and techniques communicate meanings including detailed study of genre and narrative
  • Representation - how media forms portray events, issues, individuals and social groups 
  • Media institutions – how the media industries' processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms 
  • Audiences - how the media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them and how audiences become producers themselves 

These areas of study will consist of carrying out detailed analysis of a range of products including film, television, radio, video games, magazines, podcasts, newspapers, advertising and social media. This will include mainstream, independent and foreign texts to build a wide understanding of the global media world.

There will also be the chance for students to use their knowledge to create their own media products using professional level software and equipment in either audio visual media such as film or radio, digital publishing or web design.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 or above in English Language, English Literature or GCSE grade C in Media Studies (if taken).


  • Examination 70%
  • Coursework 30%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Howard of Effingham School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


  • More information
    • Howard of Effingham School is the lead school for The Howard Partnership, a Surrey based Academy chain, originally formed from a federation of schools in 2007 and more recently converting to a Multi Academy Trust.