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Media Studies A Level at Paget High School

Course description

Anyone who has an interest in any aspect of the mass media – films, television, magazines and newspapers, pop music/radio or the internet.   The course will be of particular interest to students who have the desire to work for a media organisation, e.g. as a journalist or working for an independent television production company.   Students who enjoyed the more creative aspects of English such as writing stories or creating magazines will enjoy this subject.

Course content

Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media

This component covers all of the following media forms: music videos, video games, advertising, film marketing, newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes. This will include:

Media Language and Meanings

Representations and Meanings

Contextual Study - Representations


Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audiences. This will include:

Television in the Global Age

Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

Media in the Online Age studied.

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.


Non-examination assessment and written examination.  Grades will be from A* to E.

Media Studies at GCSE would be beneficial and a strong performance in other practical or creative GCSE subjects such as Art, Design and ICT would make you ideally suited to this course.

Future opportunities

Media Studies is a popular subject at degree level.  Media Studies will provide your first practical experiences of media production.  A vast range of jobs exist in the media, locally and nationally and at a variety of levels.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 March 2017
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