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Media Studies A2 GCE A Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Wherever you go and whatever you do, you can't escape the media, whether it's in-store radios playing in supermarkets; billboards you see when you are on the bus, or media you specifically choose to engage with such as newspapers and magazines you buy, TV programmes or films to choose to watch or radio programmes you choose to listen to.

Media industries are among the biggest in the world and are most people's sources of entertainment and information. As such their products, influence and relationships with audiences are things which merit study and Media Studies has become one of the fastest growing subjects in recent years.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a C grade in English and have a genuine interest in Media.


Advanced Portfolio in Media 25%

This is a coursework unit where you will follow a set brief to produce the opening 5 minutes of a new television documentary programme; and a radio trailer and newspaper advertisement to promote your programme. As with the AS coursework, you must create and keep a blog of all your work throughout this unit. This is a development of the skills from the Foundation Portfolio unit for AS and is also internally assessed and externally moderated.

Critical Perspectives in Media 25%

This unit covers the two areas of Theoretical Evaluation of Production and Contemporary Media Issues. For the first part you will describe and evaluate your skills development in your production work throughout the two year course and then select one production to evaluate in relation to a media concept. For the second part you will focus on 'We Media and Democracy' and the demonstrate your understandinf of this contemporary issue through a range of texts, institutions and debates..

2 hour written examination.

Further information

You will be taught by specialist teachers and supported by highly skilled media demonstrators.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout the course, including: small group work; independent research; whole class discussions; presentations; and teacher-led lessons.

Exam results at Weatherhead are excellent and many students go on to study Media related degree at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year