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Media Studies A Level (OCR) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

The OCR A Level in Media Studies introduces learners to the role and influence of the media. There will be both a historical and contemporary aspect to the specification. The role and impact of the media on society, culture, politics and the economy in both domestic and global spheres will be considered.


Throughout this course, students will study nine different media forms. These are: television, film, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing, online, social and participatory media, video games and music videos.


Coursework: 30%


Students work individually to produce a linked cross-media campaign based on a given brief. This campaign will consist of three media products: moving image, print and online. For example, if the brief was based on The Music Industry students would be expected to produce a music video, a full page advert for a magazine and the band’s homepage.


Exam paper 1: Media Messages 35% - 2 hours


Section A: News

Two linked in-depth studies that focus on contemporary news in the UK, requiring students to explore how and why newspapers and their online counterparts are evolving as media products and the relationship between both online and offline news.


Section B: Media Language and Representation

Students will explore media language and representation within magazines, advertising and marketing, and music videos.


Exam paper 2: 35% - 2 hours


Section A: Media Industries and Audiences

Students will explore industries and audiences within the radio, video games and film industry.


Section B: Long Form Television Drama

Students will engage in one in-depth study of television as an evolving, global media form. Students will study one complete episode of a contemporary English language long form TV drama and one complete episode of a non-English language TV drama to inform their study.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied a related KS4 subject to choose this subject but it is expected that you have achieved a grade 4 if you have studied it at GCSE.


30% coursework, 70% exam

Future opportunities

Obviously, Media Studies prepares students well for media based careers but it is an also a subject which complements a wide range of other A Levels, providing students with technical, creative and literacy skills giving excellent grounding for many careers and higher education courses beyond the realms of the Media

Further information

Contact Mr Sludds, Head of Department via e-mail at

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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