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AS/A2 Media Studies at South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy

Course description

Course aims Students will be encouraged to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes, and when evaluating their own practical work, to show how meanings and responses are created.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake, apply and present appropriate research.

Course content

Unit 1 - Media Representations and Responses

This unit aims to provide candidates with a framework for analysing the media and requires them to explore representations and audience/user responses. Candidates will be encouraged to explore the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation and make connections between the texts and audience/user responses to them.

Unit 2 - Media Production Process

This unit is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation. This will involve practical pre-production and production work.

Unit 3 - Media Investigation and Production

This unit develops the knowledge and skills acquired at AS and as such contributes to a more in depth study. In particular, it is designed to demonstrate the importance of research in informing media production and to develop the skills acquired in Unit 2. This will involve research into a chosen topic (genre, narrative or representation) as well as a practical production which will be informed by the research, and an evaluation.

Unit 4 - Media: Text, Industry and Audience

This unit is designed to develop candidates' understanding of the connections between different elements of the specification and to develop their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the industries which produce and distribute them.

Entry requirements

Applicants should meet the general entry requirements.


Written exam and practical coursework.

Future opportunities

Higher education. Career options include broadcast or print journalism, animation, marketing and event management.

Further information

Please contact Mr C.Griffin at

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September