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Media Studies, Welsh Board at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

The Advanced Level Media Studies course is a dynamic and exciting journey that covers the multiple aspects of the 21st Century Media. In a media saturated world, the student of media learns to challenge and decode the media and the medium it is delivered in.

Film is at the heart of the course, with film-making skills taught and story and script writing guidance given. The very successful course constantly achieves highly and past students have gone on to Oxford, Cambridge and top Universities, often to study Media or Film. All aspects of media are covered, with a strong focus on narrative and audience, with editing on superb, brand new Apple Mac machines that allow iMovie to be experimented with and mastered.

The course is very popular and is a superb stepping stone to careers in journalism, film, advertising, sound/ lighting or photography. Photography is central to the course, with a photographic storyboard one of the first tasks to be completed.



Course content

This course reflects the growing importance of media studies as a subject and the mix of theoretical and practical work gives you the flexibility to choose topics and interests including radio, television, publishing and film.

We have a fantastic, well-equipped media suite. Topics you will study include: textual analysis, audiences and institutions, critical research and media issues and debates.


Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level.  If it is a new subject for example Sociology or Psychology students must have achieved a grade B in both Mathematics and English Language. 


AS (2 units)

Unit 1: MS1 25 % (50% of AS) External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper: Media Representations and Responses

Unit 2: MS2 25% (50% of AS) Internal Assessment: Media Production Processes


A2 (2 Units)

Unit 3: MS3 25% Internal Assessment: Media Investigation & Production

Unit 4: MS4 25% External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper


Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as English or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Media Studies, which could lead onto higher education to study Media, related courses within the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer This course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors.

Further information


Contact Mr S Richardson, Subject Learning Leader


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A2 2 years