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Media Studies A Level at Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities

Course description

Media Studies is both a theoretical and creative practical course, in which students will learn about media texts, audiences and institutions in relation to the magazine, television, film, advertising and multi-media industries.
Students will study a range of media texts produced by the above industries such as advertisements, news articles, computer games, magazines and films. Students will also explore media issues and media representations. They will record, monitor and evaluate the process of their own media production from planning to outcome keeping a record of their progress as if they were working as a media professional.

Course content

Year 12 (Lower Sixth) Lessons

G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media (25% of whole A Level)

This is a coursework unit where candidates produce a media artefact from a series of briefs; in the past these briefs have included a film opening and a music magazine. This process involves progression from a pre-production, preliminary exercise to a more fully realised piece. Candidates present their research and planning in digital format through a blog and do an evaluation in digital format, based on seven required prompt questions. This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

G322: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama) (25%)

This paper covers the two areas of Textual Analysis and Representation alongside Institutions and Audiences. In Section A, candidates answer questions on an unseen moving image extract that is then linked to some aspect of the representation within the sequence. In Section B, candidates study a specific media industry from a choice of: film, music, newspapers, radio, magazines or video games. This unit is externally examined.


Year 13 (Upper Sixth) Lessons

G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media (25%)

This is a coursework unit where candidates engage with contemporary media technologies to produce a media portfolio through a combination of two or more media and then present their research, planning and evaluation in digital format. This is a development of the skills from Unit G321 and is also internally assessed and externally moderated.

G325: Critical Perspectives in Media (25%)

This paper covers the two areas of Theoretical Evaluation of Production alongside a study of Contemporary Media Issues. In Section A, candidates describe and evaluate their skills development in their production work and then select one production to evaluate in relation to a media concept. In Section B, candidates choose one topic and then demonstrate their understanding of a contemporary issue through a range of texts, institutions, audiences and debates. This unit is externally examined.


We follow OCR’s specification at A level. Assessment throughout the course is a combination of coursework and exam preparation, with timed essays and exam planning playing a key part.

Future opportunities

Media Studies can be studied at university degree level and may lead to careers in the media, including television and radio, journalism, teaching, publishing, advertising, law, business, computing and design. It is a respected subject in its own right, but it is an excellent complement to AS Level English, psychology, sociology, politics, history and art and design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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