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A Level Media Studies at Boston Spa School

Course description


This course is designed for anyone interested in the way the media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit. The globalised nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language Grade 4/5




Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

This section looks at advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, music videos, radio, video games - and media contexts.

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

This focuses on media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts through studying television, magazines and online media

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

An individual production of two forms of media which respond to a brief given by the exam board.

Non exam assessment

30% of qualification


Financial information

Some printing costs and some purchase of media texts (magazines / newspapers) may be required

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

Useful for all Media and Communication, English, Film Studies, Journalism and Broadcasting degrees.

Career Opportunities:

Valued for careers within the Media industry such as journalism and broadcasting.


Further information

For further information speak to a member of staff in the English Department.

Contact the Sixth Form on 01937 846612.

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: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years