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Media Studies A level at Charters School

Course description

A’ Level Media Studies is an exciting course that allows students to study a wide range of media forms. It is now a two year linear course whereby learners study media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of: media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The following forms are studied in depth through applying all areas of the framework: newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media. Advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games are studied in relation to selected areas of the framework.

The specification also encourages creative work to enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the media through their own production work and to develop their own production skills. 

At A2 in particular, students are given the opportunity to research a topic which will then form the basis for their production, thus encouraging them to create productions informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues. Learners are required to apply their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, audiences, media industries and the digitally convergent nature of the media in an individual production for an intended audience. The production must be based on two media forms and completed in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC. For instance, students might be asked to design a web page to market their own TV crime programme and then create the opening of their own TV crime programme.

Entry requirements

Are you creative? Have you a passion for all forms of media? Are you interested in how audiences are targeted and how our society is influenced and shaped by the media? An interest in  Media is a must, plus a good pass in English and English Literature GCSE is essential.


Exams and coursework.

Future opportunities

A’ Level Media Studies would help you if you would like to further your education studying different forms of media at university – whether it be undertaking a practical production course, or pursuing a journalistic route. It would help you when applying for apprenticeships in the media, giving you invaluable experience of researching, planning and producing your own productions. 
Other opportunities… Some of our Media students have enjoyed working as DJ’s on Insanity Radio, the student radio show .

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 January 2018

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