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Media Studies A Level at Pimlico Academy

Course description

Media is the fastest growing employment sector in the UK with a vast array of jobs. London is the media capital of Europe if not the world, with over 600,000 media jobs. This course is designed to study an exciting range of contemporary media texts, from film and television to magazines and websites. As part of the course you will learn and apply media and academic theory to contemporary media debates from ‘the new digital world’ to the rise and fall of reality television. You will also learn practical techniques for media production in the Mac suite, such as designing your own magazines and producing short films, documentaries and websites.

Course content

The course allows you to:
- Focus on new technologies – Mac systems.
- Look at audiences as both producers and consumers of media texts.
- Work on creating your own media products.
- Have freedom to investigate topical areas of the Media which interest you.
- Work individually or as a group.
- Gain an insight into a variety of the most dynamic jobs in the world.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve grade C or above in English Language.


Unit 1 – MEST1: Investigating Media
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
(2 hour written examination.)
Two sections: A – four compulsory short answer questions; B – choice of one from two essays.

Unit 2 – MEST2: Creating Media
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
(Practical coursework unit.)
Externally set production briefs. Two linked production pieces (magazine articles and film) taken from two of the three media platforms studied in Unit 1 plus 1500 word evaluation.

Unit 3 – MEST3: Media - Critical Perspectives
25% of A Level
(2 hour written examination.)
Two sections: A – three compulsory questions on unseen stimulus pieces; B – one essay from a choice of two topics.

Unit 4 – MEST4: Media: Research and Production
25% of A Level
(Practical coursework unit.)
Two sections: Critical Investigation (48 marks)
Linked production piece – film, magazine or website. (32 marks)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2017
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