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OCR A Level Media Studies at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

This contemporary, accessible and creative course has been designed to allow students to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating their own media productions. The course in Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of students through the analysis of both global and historical media. Units will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media; the specification offers both a theoretical and practical approach to media studies and new media. Students explore textual analysis, media industries, evaluation of production work and critical perspectives

Entry requirements

5 A*-C Grades 

Grade 5 in English Language; Grade B in GCSE Media but not a requirement if the student has not studied this course. 



Media products (01) - 60 marks.  30% of total A Level.  1 hour and 45 minutes (including 10 minutes viewing time) Written paper.  Students will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products.  Students will use aspects of the theoretical framework to analyse and evaluate their own cross-media productions.

Media in a digital age (02) 80 marks.  40% of total A Level.  2 hour written paper.  Students will explore and analyse the ideas and arguments from debates about the media. These debates will be drawn from: a historical perspective; the digital age; global media.

Making media (03/04) 60 marks.  30% of total A Level.  Non-exam assessment (NEA).  Students will practically explore the creation of three linked media products in a cross-media production.


Future opportunities

This course will offer you study and career opportunities in various areas of the media with particular focus on journalism.  However, the combination of theoretical and practical skills developed on this course, alongside the focus on independent study makes Media Studies a solid A level option, whichever (career path or University course you choose).



Further information

To see exemplar AS Foundation Portfolio and also A2 Advanced Portfolio Media work, use the following links:


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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