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Media Studies at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

It is said that the mass media have become a central part of modern life.  We know that they contribute enormously in the fields of entertainment, culture, politics, arts and information, and it is alleged that they influence everyday choices, decisions and behaviour.  Because of these and other reasons, it seems important that we know more of something which has personal, local and global significance. 


As a student of this subject you will investigate the ways in which mass media products communicate with us, the diversity of language forms, they employ how they are made and how audiences use them.  You will become a critical, analytical and informed reader of mass media texts rather than a passive consumer of products. 


You will also have the opportunity to create your own media productions, working in film and video, animation or print based media

Course content

Topics Covered

• Mass Media Forms   • Radio and Television            •  Press and Publishing
• Media languages      • Film and Cinema                   •  ‘ Effects’ Debate
• Representations       • Censorship and Regulation   • Popular Music Industry
• Advertising               • Communication Theory          • Practical Production
• Genre and Narrative  • Audiences  

Entry requirements

English GCSE grade B

You do not need a GCSE in Media Studies but if you have taken it, a grade B would be expected for you to take AS and A2.







Method of Assessment


Unit 1 – Investigating media

50% of AS

25% of A2

Written Paper

Unit 2 – Creating media

50% of AS

25 % of A2

Practical and Written Coursework


Unit 3 – Critical perspectives

25% of total A Level

Written Paper

Unit 4 – Media research and production

25% of total A Level

Written and Practical Coursework


Future opportunities

Suggested Career Paths
• Film Studies
• Fine Arts
• Communication and Media Studies degree
• Various combined degrees are also available which include Media Studies
• Media Production degree
• Illustration and Animation
• Education and Community

Skills Developed

  • Communication and Language
  • Critical and Investigative
  • Creative and Aesthetic
  • Technical and practical


Further information

For more information contact Francis Gerrish, Head of Media Studies

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: AQA