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Media Studies A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

A level Media Studies is delivered through class discussion, group and individual exercises and short practical tasks, which give students the opportunity to put theory into practice. Students will need to support their study with independent reading and critical responses to their personal media consumption. Active viewing of relevant texts on DVD and online is a significant and stimulating element of the course.

Course content

Foundation Portfolio in Media: students will demonstrate their understanding of continuity editing through a preliminary, assessed filming and editing task. They are then offered the chance to use their knowledge of cinema theory and techniques to create the opening to an original fiction film. Students will plan, shoot and edit their film and support their production with a digital evaluation of the success of their work, linking it to key theories.

Key Media Concepts (Contemporary British TV Drama): Students will prepare for an external examination which has two sections; the first focuses on Textual Analysis and Representation. Students will prepare for textual analysis of an ‘unseen’ moving image extract with one compulsory question dealing with textual analysis of various technical aspects of the languages and conventions of moving image media. Candidates will be asked to link this analysis with a discussion of some aspect of representation within the sequence. Section B, Institutions and Audiences, examines candidates’ understanding of a specific media industry, such as the magazine or music industry, analysing contemporary institutional practices and audience consumption.

Advanced Portfolio in Media: this unit gives students the chance to demonstrate the increasing complexity of their understanding of media texts and to be adventurous and ambitious in their creation of practical work in two different media, such as video and print media. They will present a media portfolio of practical work along with research, planning and evaluation materials in electronic format.

Critical Perspectives in Media: The purpose of this unit is to assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates. They will demonstrate this through their understanding of one contemporary media issue, such as post modern media. Candidates will also evaluate their own practical work reflectively and in relation to media theory.

Entry requirements

At least one B grade in an essay-based subject is required as part of the normal entry requirements. It is useful but not essential to have studied GCSE Media Studies.


Coursework and exam in each year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September