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Media Studies AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

Within the Media course, students will be encouraged to draw on their existing interest and enjoyment of media texts; examine the development of media institutions and analyse and explore a wide variety of media including digital media technologies. They will do this by exploring the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industries, audiences and representations.

Students will study a wide variety of media platforms including: TV, advertising; print based and audio visual, sport, journalism, music, news media, magazines, fashion and film. The film studies element of the course focuses on classic and contemporary British and American cinema and students will study a range of film genres including: horror, documentary film, crime, noir, comedy and drama.

Course content

Initially, for AS level, students will explore the media through the study of genre, narrative, representation, stereotypes and audiences and the construction of social/cultural groups and events e.g. Considering how women are represented in health magazines or how Nation is represented in film. This will include analysis of traditional media forms. Digital media will also be explored. Students’ coursework will entail the production of three pieces of linked work:

  1. A pre-production which reflects planning techniques
  2. A production which is developed out of the pre-production
  3. A report which highlights research findings and evaluates the production with existing Media products.

At A2, students will develop their understanding of the relationship between media texts, audiences and media industries e.g. Identifying genre in film posters. They will study contemporary texts with an investigation of production, distribution, marketing/production, regulation, global implications and historical contexts. The coursework at A2 level, reflects the importance of research and informing media production. This will involve three linked pieces: a research investigation; a Media production and an evaluation which explores how the production informed by the research undertaken.

Entry requirements

It is preferable that students have achieved Grade B or above at GCSE Level English. An enthusiasm for all aspects of the media and an interest in the huge impact that the media has on society is a must.


MS1: Media Representations and Responses

  • 25% of A-level (50% of AS)
  • Formal Examination- Externally assessed

MS2: Media Production Processes

  • 25% of A-level (50% of AS)
  • Internal Assessment- Externally moderated

MS3: Media Investigation and Research

  • 25% of A-level (50% of AS)
  • Internal Assessment- Externally moderated

MS4: Media- Text, Industry and Audience

  • 25% of A-level (50% of AS)
  • Formal Examination- Externally assessed

Future opportunities

Students may go on to study Media, Film, Business and Marketing, English Language, Theatre studies, Journalism, Graphic Design, Web Design, Game Production. This qualification is also excellent for courses that require significant communication skills for example teaching or social work.

Students can pursue a variety of challenging and lucrative career paths ranging from journalism, public relations, business, graphic design, marketing and advertising, to occupations within television, film and the gaming industry. Media is a huge growth area.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 September 2016

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