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Media Studies A Level at Beaminster School

Course description

Media Studies is a popular, fascinating, demanding course that will empower you to analyse and challenge the complex world of media in the twenty-first century.

Split into four separate units, the course offers many opportunities to get creative.  Exciting, hands-on approaches to shooting and editing film, creating magazines and newspapers and recording audio products are all covered.  You will, however, also be expected to write detailed academic essays that show off your analytical and theoretical skills.

You will study the following areas:

  • The representation of people, places and ideas in the media.
  • The different ways in which audiences are positioned, catered for and satisfied by the media.
  • The codes and conventions used by different genres in the media.
  • An in depth exploration of different industries in the media.

Course content

AS Units:

Unit 1 MS1 Media Representations and Responses

Exam: 3 questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material.

Unit 2 MS2 Media Production Processes

Coursework – 3 components: a pre-production, a production and a report on the production process.


A2 Units:

Unit 3 MS3 Media Investigation and Production

Coursework – 3 components: a written investigation into media texts based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation; a media production and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research.

Unit 4 MS4 Text, Industry and Audience

Exam: 3 questions, each focusing on a different media industry.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language Grade C or above (and requires sound communication and Independent learning skills)

Students who have not gained this grade may be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.


You will be assessed through classwork and homework.  You will be set assessment tasks linked to the Assessment Objectives periodically during the academic year

Exams (MS1 for AS and MS4 for A2) are taken in May / June and are demanding – you will need to write 3 essays in 2.5 hrs.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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