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Media Communication and Production - A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

AS / A Level Media: Communication and Production is the course to study if you are interested in journalism, magazine design or print production. This A level places emphasis upon the development of practical media production skills and a knowledge of professional practice within the media industry.

Course content

In the first year, you take three AS Level units, all of which are coursework assessed.

Unit 1: Textual Analysis is concerned with building your analytical skills so
that you can understand the ingredients that make for a successful and professionally produced media product.

Unit 2: Skills Development asks that you develop your production skills; in this unit we will cover the following areas:

  • Foundation photography
  • Journalism and writing practice
  • Photoshop techniques
  • In Design desktop publishing skills

Unit 3: Foundation Production asks you to use your unit 2 skills to construct a small magazine based upon a topic determined by the exam board.

The second year of the course is again assessed through 100% coursework. You will spend the duration of this year working on your own project idea to draft and craft a highly refined magazine product. Students here opt to work on a magazine genre of their own choosing. Past projects have included: music journalism, women’s lifestyle magazines, health and fitness magazines, film and gaming titles.

By the end of the course you should be able to research, plan, write, photograph and design some exciting and well crafted magazine work. You can then use this qualification and your new found skills to gain entry to both media and non-media related courses within higher education.

How it is taught

Emphasis is placed on developing practical skills rather than formal classroom teaching. Students will be expected to work hard in the development and execution of practical products. Projects can be created individually or in small groups. Although you will not have to have extensive computer skills to take AS Media Production you should expect to use production software and equipment extensively throughout the course.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

Students must have a grade C in either English Language or English Literature. 


The qualification is assessed purely through coursework. In addition to your completed practical project work you will have to present a portfolio of work demonstrating the skills that you have developed during the course.

Future opportunities

Upon completion of the course around 95% of students go on to study media and non-media related subjects within higher education. Past students opting to extend their media knowledge after the course have chosen university courses in the following areas: animation, TV production, radio production, multimedia technology, web design, public relations, fashion, advertising, journalism, communication studies and scriptwriting. Some students use the skills they have gained on the course to find employment. A small number of students have entered directly into media related training and employment programs at the Northern Echo and the BBC.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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