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Media Studies at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

Media Studies at A-Level gives you the skills to analyse and interpret the messages communicated by the world’s increasingly dominant media institutions.

This challenging yet fulfilling course focuses on exploring how the media work and how meaning is communicated through sounds, words and images. The course aims to help you understand, criticise and enjoy media products by combining theoretical study with practical projects.

By understanding more about professional practice and how the media industry is run, you will develop a stronger appreciation of the significance of what you read, see andhear; you will also acquire an acute awareness of how the media build and moulds our world.


Course content

Lesson are split equally between theory and coursework in both years 12 and 13. 

  • Year 12 prepares students’ analytical skills in studying representational areas and applying them to TV dramas. They also learn how British and Hollywood films are produced.  The practical side of year 12 teaches students to plan and make the opening 2 minutes of a new feature film.
  • Year 13 takes students’ analytical skills further, studying representations of gender in film, magazines and advertising industries. Coursework  sees them produce a full music video and magazine advert.

Entry requirements

3 Bs and 3Cs (or equivalent) at GCSE. In addition, English GCSE grade C is preferred.


  • You will be required to set up a web log (blog) to demonstrate the research, planning and evaluation of practical production projects.
  • Written assessments will be completed to show understanding of the theoretical parts of the course.
  • Two modules are studied in each year of the course: one is coursework and the other is examined.

Financial information

Students are strongly advised to provide their own set of good quality headphones and a
8GB SD card.

Future opportunities

This course stresses the importance of a full understanding of the new media which
dominate the contemporary landscape. It allows you to be creative in film-making but
also places contemporary media in a historical context and ensures you understand the key concepts underpinning Media Studies.

The course is excellent preparation for study of the media at degree level and is also a pathway to a career in the ever-growing media industries. It also provides you with relevant creative skills, independent learning, and critical thinking skills.

Further information

Students will be expected to devote time outside timetabled lessons to complete practical production projects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ringwood School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years