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Media Studies at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

The course involves the detailed study of films, television, newspapers, magazines and advertising, examining their production and their audiences. Students also put theory into practice by making media productions.

Media Studies is an exciting course that has a great relevance to the society we live in. It is taught by enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced tutors. Students throughout the course will experience a wide range of different learning activities. Students will work in groups, pairs and individually when working on original projects and have access to the Internet. An opportunity will also be provided to work with editing and publishing equipment

Entry requirements

For BTEC study you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.  This must include GCSE Maths & English at grade C or above.


When we know which pupils will be opting for Media Studies, we will decide which course to run: Level 3 BTEC (equivalent to A-Level) or A-Level. The BTEC Level 3 Course is all coursework based and so there would be no examination. The course itself focuses on the Television and Film element of the media and incorporates a range of theoretical and practical tasks. For A-Level Media Studies, one exam unit will be taken in each year of the BTEC course. Students sit this exam in June. All coursework units are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Two modules are studied in the first year:
• Foundation Production (50% of overall BTEC grade)
• Key Media concepts (50% of overall BTEC grade)
A further two modules are studied in the final year:
• Advanced Production (50% of overall BTEC grade)
• Critical Perspectives in Media (50% of overall BTEC grade)

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

Media Studies is widely recognised by universities and employers. Many media students go on to media related courses and employment and others have found work in law, business, teaching and tourism. Media Studies demands a variety of practical, IT, academic and personal skills, which employers value.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years