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A Level Media Studies at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

If you are intrigued by how programmes and film are created and developed, Media Studies could be the right option for you. In addition, if you’d like to produce a video, write for a magazine, or create web pages, the opportunity exists on this course. Media Studies will add breadth to your studies, as well as enhance your research, analytical and evaluative skills. A deeper understanding of media theory will be gained through practical application of learning.

Course content

Media Studies is an analysis of the information technology available in our lives – where it comes from, how we receive it and the effect it has on our view of the world. Media Studies has close links with many other subjects; a film can be studied like a novel in English Literature. The practical elements of the course reference areas such as Photography, IT, Graphics and Performing Arts. It considers Media industries in the UK and USA as well as exploring issues world-wide.

The AS units will cover: analysing a range of media including film, television, internet and newspaper and magazine publishing; exploring visual codes through which producers can convey certain messages to his/her audience; how people and groups are represented and how audiences respond to them; practical work – print production (magazines, advertising), web-design; an evaluation of the practical work, which could be a discursive essay, an illustrated report or a suitably edited blog; media ownership.

The A2 units will cover: media industries (film, television, advertising, music, videogames, magazines, newspapers, radio); an individual investigation into a specific media and area of interest; practical work – including video production; an evaluation of the practical work.

Entry requirements

You should meet the standard 6th Form entry requirements.  It is preferred that students have a minimum of a GCSE grade B in this or a related subject, together with a strong interest in the Media. You will need enthusiasm and a willingness to work as part of a team and as an individual as well as a commitment to developing both research and practical skills.


Throughout the 2 years assessment is completed through externally assessed written examinations (50%) and internally assessed coursework (50%).

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study Media in Higher Education and the subject is welcome as an acceptable entrance qualification for other degree level courses. The subject encourages the analytical and practical skills appropriate for a career in the Film and Media industries as well as in a range of other vocational areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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