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Media Studies A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

OCR’s A Level in Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of both global and historical media. This course will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media.


Course content

Media Products:

Learners will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products. Learners will use aspects of the theoretical framework to analyse and evaluate their own cross-media productions.

Media in a digital age:

Learners will explore and analyse the ideas and arguments from debates about the media. These debates will be drawn from:

  • a historical perspective  
  • the digital age
  • global media.

Making media

Learners will practically explore the creation of three linked media products in a cross-media production.


Media products: 60 marks 1 hour and 45 minutes (including 10 minutes viewing time) Written paper 30% of total A level

Media in a Digital Age: 80 marks 2 hours Written paper 40% of total A level

Making media: 60 marks Non-exam assessment (NEA) 30% of total A level



Future opportunities

Progression to university-level courses in Media, Film, Television, Computer Games, Journalism, and related industries; and / or progression into jobs in the Media industry, Social Sciences, Arts, Music.

Further information

This draft qualification has not yet been accredited by Ofqual. It is published to enable teachers to have early sight of OCR’s proposed approach to A Level in Media Studies. This information may be subject to change. Please see the website for further updates.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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      Working with our colleagues as part of the Southern Consortium, sixth form subject staff are well qualified to teach A level and vocational courses and excel in bringing out the best in all the students they work with. They are dedicated to working hard and providing a high level of professional teaching. There are staff responsible for the mentoring and care of students through a tutor group system and a range of opportunities for one-to-one guidance and support.

      We want our students to feel happy, secure and enjoy coming to school. We are committed to forming positive relationships with parents and keeping them informed of students’ targets and progress.  Alongside our extensive range of A level courses we also offer practical, work-related courses. There are opportunities for community service, young enterprise, sport, music, drama, university visits, careers advice and plenty of social events. We provide a programme of academic events for students to improve their study skills, chances of getting to university and self-confidence.

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