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Media Studies A Level at Monkseaton High School

Course description

This qualification is a two year full time course but at the end of the first year all students will sit the AS element. Students who choose the course have a genuine enthusiasm for Media Studies and are keen television and film viewers.

Key Skills

  • Independent study skills to consolidate learning
  • Analysis, Interpretation and Evaluation
  • Reading for meaning and exploring texts from different critical perspectives
  • Wide reading and essay writing

Course content

Meanings and Representations (AS and A2)

This component covers all of the following media forms: music videos, video games, advertising, film marketing, newspapers and radio news / current affairs programmes. We will study different elements of media language and how they communicate multiple meanings. We’ll also investigate the developing technologies that impact on contemporary media, as well as developing an understanding of how events, issues, individuals and social groups are represented. (40%).

Media Forms and Products (AS and A Level)

In this unit, we will explore three media forms in depth, exploring all areas of the theoretical framework – media language, representation, media industries and audiences – in relation to audio-visual, print and online products set by WJEC. These forms are television, magazines, blogs and websites. In addition to analysing the texts, we will also learn about specific theoretical approaches and theories in depth. (30%).

Media Production (A Level only)

This component synthesises learning from the areas previously studied, providing students with the opportunity to show their knowledge and understanding in a practical way. The production will be based on a brief set by the exam board and will require students to create a production for a specific audience and/or industry context. (30%).

Entry requirements

Students must have 5 A*- C/9-5 grades at GCSE with at least a grade 5 for English Language.


AS: 70% Examination and 30% Coursework

A Level: 70% Examination and 30% Coursework

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years