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Media Studies A Level at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

Course description

As the Media play an increasingly large role in our lives and we spend more and more time on our phones and tablets, posting on social networks, playing digital games, streaming on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, it becomes more and more important to understand how these media target audiences and how we are influenced by them. A Level Media Studies teaches students to engage critically with a range of texts, theories and current debates, while developing a range of practical skills that allow them to create their own texts.

Course content

Students will investigate the media by applying the key concepts of media language, representations, institutions and audiences to a range of media products in order to understand how meanings and responses are created. There will be a focus on new technologies and how those developments are changing the way media products are produced and consumed. Some of the areas covered might be broadcast fiction, print, documentary, news, sport, social media and the music industry. Students will also develop their knowledge and skills in practical work where they will work to an exam board brief. The aim of this course is to create students who actively question the role the media plays in their lives. By creating their own media texts, students will explore the history of the media, study theory and engage with current media debates and issues in the media.

  • Paper 1: Issues and Debates in the Media (examination with a pre released question, 35%)
  • Paper 2: Analysis of Media Products (examination, 35%)
  • Paper 3: Creating a Media Product – (internally assessed, 30%)

Entry requirements

In order to cope with the demands of the course, students should have gained at least grade 4 in English at GCSE. There is no requirement to have taken GCSE Media Studies, but students who have done so should have gained at least a grade 4

Future opportunities

This qualification is a useful starting point for those who wish to study Media, Media Production or Communication at University. It is also a good choice for those intending to study Journalism, Marketing, Business Studies, Advertising or Leisure Studies. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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