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Media Studies A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

Media is one of the fastest growing Higher Education courses, and it is fast becoming a must for any student wishing to understand the society we live in.

It sits well with careers in Advertising, Business Marketing, Public Relations, Film, Journalism, Communication and any career where a wide understanding of the media is of use.

It is designed to create good communication skills and enable students to both think independently and critically about the medias impact. It develops both your analytical and production skills.

Course content

At A level you will study media products (audio visual forms – TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video; online forms – social media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising; print forms – newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing) in relation to the theoretical framework (Media Language, Media representation, Media Industries, Media Audiences).

Paper 1
Written paper – 2 hours
35% of A level – 84 marks
(Section A – short questions relating to released theme including issues and debates, 2 x 15 mark questions testing for depth of knowledge. Section B – 2 x 25 mark question essays).

Paper 2
Written paper – 2 hours
35% of A level – 84 marks
(Analysis questions based on a close study products, points of view, short questions assessing breadth of knowledge, 2 x 30 mark questions assessing depth of knowledge, theory and context in relation to Close Study products).

Non-exam Assessment creating media products 30% of A level – 72 marks (Producing cross media products for an intended audience, statement of intent).

Entry requirements

Students will need to have performed to a good standard in English and Media Studies GCSE if taken.


You will develop an understanding of Media Concepts (Media Language, Media Audience, Media Industries, Media Representation) and will engage in critical debates using a variety of products. (Texts will include a variety of contemporary texts, plus pre 1970, foreign language, minority audience and one’s offering an alternative representation).

You will need to be motivated in independent study and there will be wider reading involved in understanding media language and theory. You should be engaging with a variety of Media products. Key terms and theory need to be learnt and applied to a variety of case study products. You will need to think critically, discuss contemporary issues, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products and develop practical skills and creativity spanning a range of media forms.

We expect to make provisions for students to use Marjons University Library as part of their independent learning. Written essays, debate, putting theory into practice and applying appropriate research is essential. Responding to a brief, planning your knowledge of audience, genre, representation as well as your creative and technical skills will be examined in the form of the non-exam assessment (coursework).

You will be expected to keep up to date with the vast changes taking place in the media world-wide, taking into consideration cross cultural issues. We also offer an intense practical production residential course, where we make a number of media products, including short films under strict deadlines on location.

Future opportunities

High media qualifications can be used to gain entrance to Media Higher Education courses, as well as courses involving communication and practical skills, such as Journalism, Marketing and PR.

It can lead to entry on practical production courses such as audio visual and TV/Film related engineering.

As a communication based subject it has transferable skills that can lead to any career path.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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