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Media Studies A Level at Cromwell Community College

Course description

If you are interested in working in the fields of journalism, music or radio, advertising, TV or film production, then media studies may be the subject for you. You will need to be able to think analytically and to analyse thoughtfully, so as to deconstruct some of the methods used in the media industry to identify and target a specific audience for media texts. You will need to have some creative flair as there is an expectation
that as well as investigating media texts you will create media products of your own.


Course content

Component 1: Meanings and representations in the media.

In this unit you will look into to the knowledge, understanding and skills required to analyse media products. You will study media language and representation in relation to examples of media products chosen by the college from the following forms using at least 3 examples of each:
Music video and video games
Advertising and film marketing
Newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes

Component 2: Media forms and products in depth.

In this component, you will study media language, representation, audiences and
media industries in relation to:
Television: two contrasting programmes
Magazines: two contrasting magazines
Blogs and websites: two contrasting online products

The exam board decides which programmes, magazines and online products you will study.

Component 3: Cross-media production (non-exam assessment)

You will create an individual cross-media production in two different forms for an intended audience, in response to a choice of briefs set by EDUQAS. You can choose to work in a range of media including: television, magazines, film marketing, music marketing and online options. Non-exam assessment is internally assessed and externally moderated by EDUQAS.


Entry requirements

GCSE Media Studies is not a requirement for acceptance on the course, although it is useful. It is a requirement, however, that students have achieved grade 5 or above in English at GCSE level.

Future opportunities

Students could take this course with other Advanced Level courses or equivalent, to prepare for higher education in Media Studies or a more general higher education course.

This course will help develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across the Media industry are looking for. If you are interested in working in the fields of journalism, music or radio, advertising, TV or film production, then Media Studies may be the subject for you.

Further information

For students who will be following the course at Cromwell Community College, please view website:   

Course Contact: Mrs M Priest

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years