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Media Studies AS/A2 Level at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

You could take a degree in subjects such as Media, Film Studies, Journalism. This course will prepare you for a future career in media, advertising, journalism, production, public relations and many more.

Media Studies is a broad and interesting subject that encourages you to investigate many aspects of the world today. The focus of study incorporates the core areas of television, radio, cinema, newspapers, magazines, advertising and the music industry, providing a wide choice that will offer something for everyone!

Is this course for you?

  • Do I want to pursue a career in  advertising, journalism, photography or the film and television industry?
  • Am I able to analyse closely a number of texts from different sources ,eg. video clips, newspapers, audio clips etc.?
  • Do I have an avid interest in the media world around us?
  • Am I prepared to open my mind to a number of interpretations of texts?
  • Do I have a creative flair?
  • Am I able to work independently as well as in groups?
  • Did I study Media Studies at GCSE and want to build on my knowledge? (This is not compulsory).
  • Will I achieve at least a ‘C’ grade in GCSE English?

Course content

AS Media Studies (WJEC)                

Unit 1  Media Representations and Responses

A study of how texts are constructed and how the audience responds to them.  Representations could include the study of gender, ethnicity, age, issues, events or national identity.

Texts studied could include advertisements, newspapers, magazines, film, television, music video etc.

Unit 2  Media Production Process

Pre-production tasks could include storyboards, shooting scripts, research into comparable products etc.

Audio– visual tasks can be produced in groups, all other work must be individual.


A2 Media Studies (WJEC)

Unit 3  Media Investigation and Production

Three pieces of linked work are required.

An individual investigation could include the representation of teenagers in two British films; the generic similarities between Dr Who and Stargate; the narrative structure of The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing

A choice of either an audio-visual project or a digital media project is also required.

Unit 4  Media– Text, Industry and Audience
Three  media industries are studied (TV, film, radio, advertising, computer games, etc) and three main texts are analysed in each industry studying representation, distribution, regulation issues, marketing and promotion etc.



Unit 1  (50% of AS) 3 compulsory questions, including one on unseen audio-visual or print-based material.

Unit 2  (50%of AS) Pre-production, a production and a report based on the production will be assessed (1200-1600 words).

Unit 3  (50% of A2) A research project (1400-1800 words), a production and an evaluation (500-750 words) will be assessed.

Unit 4  2.5 hour exam– one question on media texts and two questions based on industry and audience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years