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Media Studies A Level at University of Chester CE Academy

Course description

Media Studies allows students the opportunity to investigate the Media to reach an understanding of how meanings and responses are created. Contemporary Media will be studied in terms of the products, platforms and technologies.

Course content

AS Level: Units 1 & 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of both units is underpinned by a set of key media concepts (representation, audience) and media platforms (broadcasting, print, e-media).

Unit 1 requires students to carry out a cross-media study for examination. This study will be used to inform their work on Unit 2, where they will produce two media productions. They could produce feature articles for magazines, or web pages or even produce film trailers and programmes.

• Unit 1: Two hour written paper. (50% of AS level marks).

• Unit 2: Two linked production pieces. Written evaluation of 1500 words. (50% of AS level marks).

A2 Level: At A2 candidates will build upon their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption – why as well as how texts are created as they are. They will build upon concepts studied at AS level looking at media debates, such as ‘Reality TV’, ‘Moral Panics’ and ‘Post 9/11 and the Media’.

For Unit 3 students will be required to study two pre-set media topics on at least one of the three media platforms. For Unit 4 students will produce a media product linked to their research for an individual critical investigation.

• Unit 3: 2 1⁄2 written paper • Unit 4: Critical Investigation of 2000 words and a linked production piece.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A* – C GCSEs including English Language at grade B or higher.


Various assessment.

Future opportunities

This can lead to further study at University to degree level. Students who study media work in diverse areas such as Advertising & Marketing, Journalism, Broadcasting (Film, TV, Radio) or developing E-Media and Internet Websites.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University of Chester CE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years