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Media Studies A2 level at Malmesbury School

Course description

The aims of AS and A2 are:

  • To enhance students’ enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives.
  • To develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills.
  • To explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts.
  • To become independent in research skills and in the application of these skills in production work and in developing independent views and interpretations.

Course content

Students are required to produce three pieces of linked work:

A research investigation (1400 – 1800 words)

Students are required to undertake an individual investigation into a specific area of study focused on one of the following concepts: genre, narrative or representation.  Their research should draw on a range of both primary and secondary sources.  It should enable students to reach conclusions that will inform their production

Examples of investigations include:

  • The representation of teenagers in two British films
  • The generic similarities between Dr Who and Stargate
  • The narrative structures of the X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

A production (informed by the investigation)

Students are required to submit a production which should develop from the research investigation.  This production must be in a different form from the AS production.  Audio-visual productions should be up to 4 minutes in length.  Print-based productions (or their digital equivalent) should be a minimum of 3 pages.  Digital media (other than audio-visual productions) and print-based productions must be individual.  Audio-visual productions can be produced either individually or in groups (maximum 4).

A brief evaluation (500 – 750 words)

The production must be accompanied by an individual evaluation which explores how the production has been informed by the research undertaken into the relevant media concept.  The evaluation can be produced in any appropriate form such as:

  • A discursive essay (with or without illustrations)
  • A digital presentation with slide notes (such as a PowerPoint)
  • A suitably edited blog.


MS3: Media Investigation & Production

  • Coursework 25%

MS4 Media: Text, Industry and Audience

  • Exam 2.5hrs – 25%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years