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Media Studies A Level at The Broxbourne School

Course description

Year 12 AS course
There are two units at AS which provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of the media and the
contemporary media landscape. The content of both units is underpinned by a set of key media concepts and media
platforms. These are:
Media Concepts:
Media Form Media Representations Media Institutions Media Audiences
Media Platforms:
Broadcasting Digital/web-based media Print
Pupils will carry out a cross-media study and two practical media productions in two of the three media platforms.
Year 13 A-level course
At A2 candidates will build on their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption –
why as well as how texts are created as they are. Candidates will also study a range of Media Theories, Issues and
Two units will be studied at A2. The first of which requires candidates to study two pre-set topic areas, for example:
representations in the media and the impact of new/digital media. The second unit requires candidates to undertake a
critical investigation, for example: gender representations in soap operas, and a linked production piece which in this
case could be the opening sequence for an episode of a new soap opera.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements to The Broxbourne School Sixth Form are based on both the average KS4 points achieved in the summer of year 11 and specific grades gained in subjects relevant to those that they wish to pursue in the Sixth Form. Students are expected to take four AS subjects and AS General Studies in Year 12 and should have demonstrated a consistently serious attitude to study.
To enter the Sixth Form to study 4 or 5 AS / A-level courses students should have achieved at least 5+ A* - C grades including English and Maths, must have demonstrated a consistently serious attitude to study and
• gained an average points score of 43 points or more and,
• achieved the entry grade B in the GCSE subject they wish to study at AS / A-level or in the case of subjects not taken at GCSE the entry grade in related subjects
• achieve at least an A in GCSE Maths to take AS level Maths

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Broxbourne School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years