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Media Studies A Level at Highbury College

Course description

This programme introduces you both to media ideas and the practice of production, which gives you the chance to develop a real understanding of media platforms, the contemporary media landscape and the influential role of the media in society.

Course content

In the first year you will study four key aspects of the media.

Unit 1: Investigating Media

  • You will learn the fundamentals of media forms and platforms, and the concepts which lie beneath the surface, as well as the role of marketing and promotion of these products.

Unit 2 Creating Media

  • Takes you through the production process, from researching the codes and conventions of professional media products to producing products of your own.

In the second year you will look at:

Unit 3: Critical Perspectives

  • Different ways of explaining and understanding the media and how it works.  This covers how issues are represented by the media as well as the impact of new media. You will also undertake a case study on some of these issues and look at how they can be understood.

Unit 4: Research and Production

  • You will carry out an individual piece of work that will give you the chance to really understand the relationship between research and practical production, and gives you more experience in media production, be it moving image, print or web design.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have five GCSEs at C or above, including English.


You will learn in a variety of ways, including demonstrations, skills workshops and formal lessons. Assessment will be a mix of coursework portfolio and externally set exams.

Future opportunities

This qualification can be used as part of combination of subjects for entry to university or work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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