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Media Studies AS & A Level at Banbury Academy

Course description

The course is split between theory, research and production tasks, with the teaching and learning environment designed to bridge the gap between teacher‐led tasks and collaborative university seminars.

Media theories are introduced initially, with the application of them to a variety of media texts assessed every few weeks. From the 2nd term production begins and lessons are split between theory and pre‐production assessment and creative e production.

Case Studies for the exam are worked on throughout the year and are independent modules of study, assessed by the teacher every 3 weeks.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Media with B in English Literature desired – necessary if no Media GCSE in place


At each assessment point students are assessed on their understanding of different Media texts and the four main media concepts – audience, institution, representation and forms and language.

The Summer exam 40% weighting assess AO1‐AO2:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes (and evaluating their own practical work) to show how meanings and responses are created

Course‐Work 60% weighting assesses AO2, AO3, AO4

  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes and evaluating their own practical work, to show how meanings and responses are create
  • AO3:Demonstrate the ability to plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills
  • AO4: Demonstrate the ability to undertake, apply and present appropriate research

Future opportunities

  • Broadcasting
  • Reporting and presenting
  • Journalism
  • Film Making
  • Photography
  • Pre and Post Production and editing
  • Set design
  • Graphic Design
  • Game development
  • Music video production
  • Copy editing
  • Script Writing
  • Creative writing

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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