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A Level Media Studies at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

The A-Level Media Studies course will provide students with the opportunity to investigate and study a broad range of media forms, which include both still and moving image texts. All students will develop a clear knowledge and understanding of how to analyse media texts as well as the ability to consider the importance of representations and how media producers construct these for their respective audiences. Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their creative and practical skills in the development of two separate coursework briefs, one conducted in Year 12 and the other in Year 13. The Year 12 coursework (AS) requires students to develop a script for a new crime drama and then work as part of a group to plan, film, edit and evaluate their own sequence. In Year 13 (A2), students will conduct an investigation into genre, narrative or representation and apply this to a music video of their choice. All students are then required to plan, film, edit and evaluate their own music video. There are two separate examination units: at AS all students will sit an examination, which is based upon a series of case studies and focus on the topics of representation and audience. There is also a textual analysis question, which focuses on the analysis of an unseen media text that will be either still or moving image. During the A2 aspect of the course, students will study a series of case studies from the world of film, television and computer games. These case studies will focus on the topics of genre, narrative and representation.

Course content

MS1 (AS)

Media Representations & Responses

25% (50%)

MS2 (AS)

Media Processes

25% (50%)

MS3 (A2)

Media Investigation & Production

25% (50%)

MS4 (A2)

Media – Text, Industry & Audience

25% (50%)


Entry requirements

Students must achieve a minimum of a ‘B’ grade if they have taken GCSE Media Studies as an option. Students must also have achieved a minimum of ‘B’ in both English Language and English Literature.

Future opportunities

Media Studies offers students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of media forms as well as different media industries. The practical and creative element to the course in an important feature in the development of skills including the use of Imovie, Photoshop and Celtx software programs, which are indeed used at industry level. Possible subjects of study at University include Media Studies or a Media & Cultural Studies degree. The subject also has close links with English owing to the creative writing element as well as Journalism and Film Studies. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years