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Media Studies A Level at Central Foundation Girls' School

Course description

This course will suit you if you enjoy film, radio, print and television; telling stories; have an opinion about what’s happening in the world and can engage in critical debate. If you dislike research, technology, deadlines and creative thinking this course is not for you!

Course content

AS Exam: Media Today: Textual Analysis; newspapers and online media; Television drama Coursework: Creating Media: You will produce a media product, e.g. a television advert

A Level
Exam1: Media Products: Representation in Cross Media texts
Exam 2: Media in the Digital Age: Developments over time in radio, film and television
Coursework: Making Media: Plan and create three media products in a cross marketing campaign, e.g. music video, website and a press kit.

Entry requirements

 5 good GCSEs with 5 in En PLUS


One exam sat in June – 70%
Coursework - creating one media product – 30%

A Level
Paper 1 (Media Products) – 1 hour 45 mins exam sat in June – 30%
Paper 2 (Media in the Digital Age) – 2 hour exam sat in June – 40% Coursework (Making a Music Video and supporting media) – internally assessed – 30%

Future opportunities

A qualification in Media Studies is an indication that you are an individual who has developed key skills in virtually all the areas required for higher education and/or employment. Your next step could be in any of the three preferred routes: university, apprenticeship or employment. The skills developed in Media Studies are transferrable to a wide range of university courses and jobs, so you don’t necessarily have to continue with Media in your next step. Your pursuits could include Journalism, Law, Youth Culture, Historical Digital Archiving, Project Management, Advertising, Teaching, or a non-media related field.

Further information

Media Studies requires a good balance of working independently, as well as with your peers. Lessons are not only practical based, but there is an emphasis on analytical and academic writing. The course demands that you work to deadlines, read widely and manage your time well. The key skills required are self-organisation, time-management, creativity, the ability to read critically and apply academic reading to your work; independence, collaboration, research and planning, analysis, and the ability to manage people. Candidates hoping to carry the course into Year 13 will repeat the exam taken at Year 12 in order to get an advanced qualification. However, research and planning work done at Year 12 can be submitted as part of your Year 13 coursework to save you time and effort.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Central Foundation Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2017
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