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Media A Level at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

The course offers a theoretical, practical and ideological approach to media studies in a contemporary media landscape. Candidates undertake textual analysis in media texts, explore media industries, media representations, media audiences and make reference to the evolution of digital ‘new’ media technologies. Learners are required to respond to a brief and produce three media productions: audio-visual, print and online.

Entry requirements

A critical interest in media industries, digital technologies and the representation of people, places and events are imperative. Candidates should also be prepared to experiment with a variety of technical and creative processes and demonstrate commitment through research and practical work outside of lessons.

When qualifying to study A level subjects we will accept a ‘5’ as the equivalent grade for the new GCSE 1-9 measure for English and Maths. Most A level courses require a ‘B’ which is the equivalent of a ‘6’. BTEC Level 2 qualifications will only be counted in place of one GCSE subject. This is because they are not considered to have the required breadth of study necessary for the demands of a varied combination of A level subjects.


Media Messages

  • 2 hour written paper
  • 35% of A Level
  • Learners will explore how any why newspapers and their online counterparts are evolving as media products
  • Learners will also explore media language and representation through media products selected by the exam board

Evolving Media

  • 2 hour written paper
  • 35% of A Level
  • Learners will explore, analyse and discuss media industries and audiences
  • Learners will also engage in one in-depth study of television as an evolving, global media form

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

  • 30% of A Level
  • Learners will create a cross-media product in response to an OCR set brief

Future opportunities

A Level Media Studies is an excellent foundation for media, film, communications, journalism, sociological and anthropological degree courses at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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