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Media Studies AS & A Level at Heysham High School Sports College

Course description

The course aims to ensure that students are exposed to as wide a range of media as possible, including film, television, print media, radio and ICT.

They will learn how to analyse the codes and conventions of the various media, how different groups are represented in the media and by whom, how different audiences consume and make meaning from media texts and how texts are affected by the institutions from which they emerge. Students will learn of the history of various media and speculate about future developments.

In addition, the practical projects demand a great range of skills from the students throughout the two years of the course.

Year 12:

2 units (subject to change):

  • Representation in television drama
  • Producing a print-based media product.

Year 13:

2 units (subject to change):

  • Regulation of the media
  • Producing an audio-visual media product.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied Media at KS4, but you should have a minimum Grade C GCSE pass in English Language. 


2 internally marked, externally verified media projects.

2 externally set externally marked examinations.

Financial information

Folders and other stationery are needed to ensure work is organised. All texts which are studied for the course are provided. 

Future opportunities

Media is the third largest employer in the UK. This course is obviously an ideal choice for students wishing to take a media-related degree at university or wishing to find a job in one of the fields of the media.

Journalism, advertising, film-making, graphic design, broadcasting and publishing are all areas that make use of media qualifications.

Further information

Mr. A. Williams

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 January 2017
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