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Media Studies A Level at Varndean College

Course description

Media Studies compliments a variety of subjects and potential progression routes. If you
are considering Humanities and Social Science subjects you will enjoy the investigative
nature of media effects debates; for Creative Art subjects the creative challenges of
the production tasks will appeal to you and science students will enjoy the different
academic approach to the study of media texts. As well as gaining an informed
understanding of Media texts and their contexts, students will also develop excellent
practical skills, with access to HD cameras to shoot video and stills photography, and
excellent photo-manipulation software and/or one of ten digital edit suites to produce
their work. You will benefit from expert instruction by our technical support instructor
and tutors, providing you with an impressive portfolio of work for professional and
higher education purposes.

Course content

You will study and be assessed on the following three components, over a two-year


Written examination: 2 hours  (30% of qualification).

Students will explore and analyse how the following media texts are constructed to convey certain meanings and representations through media language: Music videos, video games, advertising, film marketing, newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes.


Written examination: 3 hours  (40% of qualification)

Focusing on television, magazines and blogs, students will build on their knowledge of media language and representation and consider media industry and audience contexts.


(30% of qualification)

Students will create two media products from the following media forms: Television, magazine, film marketing, music marketing and online options.

Entry requirements

Standard advanced course requirements.


70% exam, 30% coursework

Future opportunities

Students progress to a variety of degree courses and a range of HE institutions. Many develop their interest in Media Studies either on a production course or a professional course such as Journalism or Media Law.

Further information

There are some small costs associated with this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2017
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