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Media Studies A level at Shenfield High School

Course description

Media Studies is concerned with developing an understanding of all aspects of the media, including its representations, values, ideology and audience. The course will be of interest to students who will want the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills for successful career progression in a fast changing, media centred work place.

Course content

Units that will be studied include:

  • TV Drama – This unit is based on learning how to analyse correctly the ‘language’ of television. This includes how a director uses sound, editing, cinematography and mise en scene to construct a programme. Students will also look at issues concerning the representation of certain groups in society, including teenagers.
  • The Music Industry – This unit explores how the industry has developed over the last decade and focuses on the switch from physical purchases, such as CD’s to digital storage, including illegal downloading and the rise of social media.
  • Thriller films – Students will plan, direct, edit and film the opening two minutes of a thriller film, complete with titles and soundtrack.
  • Collective Identity – Students will learn what it means to be British in today's society. This topic will look closely at representations of Britishness in both film and television.
  • Advanced Portfolio – Students will be given an option to either plan, direct, edit and film their own music video or five minute short film.

Entry requirements

Students need to have at least a grade C in GCSE English Language.


All units are marked through a mixture of external examinations and internally moderated coursework. Assessment will be undertaken continuously and all pieces will be awarded a grade ranging from an A*-E.

Future opportunities

At the end of the course you may choose to progress to Higher Education to study for a degree or to an alternative institution in the form of an apprentice programme.

Alternatively you could pursue employment in a wide range of media areas such as marketing, editing, promotions or a career in television.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years