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Media Studies at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form

Course description

This course has a comprehensive and integrated approach to both media theory and practice.

Course content

Firstly, you will develop your ability to respond critically to the media and to analyse meaning in a wide range of texts, including digital media technologies, and drawing on the fundamental concepts such as text, industry and audience.  Furthermore, the course includes creative work to gain a greater appreciation of the media through your own planning and production skills.  At A2 in particular, you are given the opportunity to research a topic that will then form the basis for your production, thus encouraging the creation of texts informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues.


In order to be successful in this course, you need to be confident working practically and independently on major projects and to deadlines.  You will also need to be comfortable evaluating your own work and critically appraising others.  In lessons, you will be expected to contribute to class discussions and debates.


Whilst there is a practical element, a large part of the course focuses on the detailed analysis of media products and concepts.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades at GCSE including grade C or above in English Language.


50% of the mark is assessed in a written examination.

Future opportunities

The Media Studies course prepares students for progression into work or higher education in a range of media-related areas including journalism (English will also be required), communication studies and television, radio and film production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uplands Community College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Wadhurst is situated on the Kent/Sussex border seven miles (11 km) east of Crowborough and about seven miles (11 km) south of Tunbridge Wells.  It is also within easy reach of Ticehurst, Burwash, Mayfield and Heathfield in East Sussex, and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.


      There is limited parking available on the College site during the day.  Visitors travelling by car may prefer to park in the public car park, which is situated next to the Greyhound Pub in the High Street, adjacent to the College. 


      Uplands is a Community College and we have a Sports Centre on-site, which is open to the public and a Youth Centre across the road.  The entire College site, including the Sports Centre is a non-smoking environment. 

      The College is:

      • Within easy reach of the A21


      • Approximately 1 mile from Wadhurst Railway Station


      • Served by bus routes from the surrounding towns/villages


      • Located within the centre of Wadhurst; Sixth Form students are permitted to visit the local shops during study periods and break/lunchtime