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Media Studies at Longbenton Community College

Course description


Students at AS level will explore the key concepts of media studies, AUDIENCE, REPRESENTATION, INSTITUTION and LANGUAGE. They will then be able to effectively analyse and investigate a range of different media texts such as TV opening sequences, film trailers, advertisements, music videos, video games, print advertising and websites. In preparation for the exam, students will produce their own case study on either films or TV programmes and complete tasks which require them to look at the way these texts have been marketed and promoted using different media platforms (print, e-media and broadcast texts). Coursework is a choice of three briefs which gives students the opportunity to produce productions such as their own music programme, film trailer and/ or website.


Students at A2 level look at WHY the media produce certain texts and explore current debates around issues like size zero, video gaming, social networking, ‘hoodies’ and perception of youth. They are required to produce two case studies (this year topics are Identity and the Impact of New media) which will then be used to answer questions in the exam. In addition to this students produce a critical investigation on a media subject of their choice – this year titles have included; Audience and the horror genre, the depiction of the war in media texts and why has the film industry felt it necessary to produce remakes of classic films? And a linked production which will take the form of a film trailer, magazine feature or website.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including a grade C or above in English.


AS – Coursework and a 2 hour exam (2 sections)

A2 – Coursework and a 21/4 hour exam (2 sections)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longbenton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years