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Media Studies A Level at Princes Risborough School

Course description

The course compliments English and Business Studies. Students will study key concepts governing the technological means of communication, predominantly television, radio, film, the press and forms closely associated with the media such as advertising and the Internet. Students will also study contemporary political and social issues, psychological theories and the history of journalism.

A practical production is completed in the spring term as part of the AS Course, consisting of a fully realised media product and an accompanying portfolio of written work. Such media products could be, for example, a video, documentary or a newspaper article. A further opportunity to complete a practical production is offered at A2 Level.

Transferable skills, such as those developed by a study of the media, are in great demand by employers, universities and colleges. Independent study and investigation of a current issue, such as censorship or the value of the internet, will develop critical and analytical abilities. Universities, colleges and employers also highly value knowledge of current political issues, and the opportunity to widen their knowledge of the world around them is one which students will highly benefit from.

There are opportunities to generate evidence for Key Skills in Communication and Information Technology. The units for the “wider” keys skills such as “Improving Own Learning and Performance”, “Working with Others” and “Problem Solving” are also available.

Media Studies and Journalism are recognised and highly popular subjects at university. Previous study of the subject will give students an advantage when applications for university places are considered.


There are four areas of study:

  • Unit 1 - Investigating the Media
  • Unit 2 - Creating Media
  • Unit 3 - Media-Critical Perspectives
  • Unit 4 - Media Research and Production

Entry requirements

Normal Sixth Form entry requirements (5 or more A*-C grade passes at GCSE including English Language and Mathematics), including a minimum of a “B” grade in English Language and English 6 Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Princes Risborough School directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2015
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Key information

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