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Media Studies AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

You will be expected to analyse and explain aspects of a range of media texts. You will need to be able to research into a topic independently and produce ideas for discussion.

You will have the opportunity to plan, design and create your own practical work and learn new skills.

Course content

UNIT 1: Investigating the Media (Y12 AS)


UNIT 2: Creating Media (Y12 AS)

UNIT 3: Critical perspectives (Y13 A2)

UNIT 4: Research and Production (Y13 A2)


Entry requirements

You do NOT need to have done GCSE Media Studies to access this course. Prospective students should have a range of higher grade passes; strength in English (C at GCSE), Drama, ICT and Graphic Design would be an advantage.

You are expected to be able to analyse a range of media content and explain the intentions of the publishers and the effect on the audience. The course will also allow you to develop practical skills including; photography, filming, editing and design.



UNIT 1 and UNIT 3 are each linked to two 2 hour externally assessed exams taken at the end of both Y12 and Y13.

Completing units 1 and 2 will gain an AS Level; completing units 3 and 4 as well will lead to a full A-Level. Each unit is equally weighted and carries 25% of the total mark.

Future opportunities

The skills you learn in Media Studies are directly applicable to any career in the media industry.

The production of quality work helps you to demonstrate to employers, college tutors and university lecturers that you have the necessary skills to work in the media sector.

The skills you learn (independent research, collaborative working, planning and project development) are also transferable to many others areas of work and study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years