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Media Studies A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

Media Studies is an exciting but demanding course. It combines critical analysis of a range of media forms including TV, film, magazines, websites and video games with written research skills and creative practical productions.

It is an excellent starting point to develop into media specialists and progress academically to study the subject further. Employers recognise it as a subject that demonstrates both academic and practical ability. An emphasis on practical tasks enables you to develop the skills and knowledge required in many industries, such as advertising, broadcasting, journalism, film production, web and graphic design.

The first AS unit, Foundation Portfolio in Media is the practical production for the AS Level. It focuses on you as producers and requires you to research, plan and create an entirely new music magazine. You are required to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the practical process as well as your creativity and technical skills.

The second unit, Key Media Concepts is the examined unit. You are required to investigate the key concepts that are at the core of Media Studies. You will enhance your analytical skills and explore a variety of texts. The focus of this unit is the representations evident in the media, in both historical and contemporary texts, with the emphasis on television dramas. Following this you will study the relationship between institutions and audiences within the film industry both home and abroad.

At AS the third unit is Advanced Portfolio in Media, here you are given the opportunity to develop your practical skills further, continuing your work in the music industry but now producing moving images. You will source your own songs before creating a promotions package for that song, a music video, a CD cover and a promotional poster or advertisement.

The final unit is Critical Perspectives in Media, a synoptic unit, designed to allow you to demonstrate the knowledge gained through your two years of study. Relationships between social media and democracy, audiences and censorship or young people and modern audiences all may be explored during this unit. You will also be required to reflect upon your own role as producer and apply the key media concepts to your own productions.

The first A2 unit Media Representations and Responses aims to provide you with a framework for analysing the media and requires you to explore representations and audience/ user responses. You will be encouraged to explore the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation and make connections between the texts and audience/user responses to them.

The second unit Media Production Processes is designed to enable you to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation.

At A2 your third unit, Media Investigation and Production develops the knowledge and skills acquired at AS. In particular it is designed to demonstrate the importance of research in informing media production and to develop the skills acquired in the previous unit.

Your final unit, Media-Text, Industry and Audience is designed to develop your understanding of the connections between different elements of the course and to develop your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the industries which produce and distribute them. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

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