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Media A Level at Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form

Course description

This course provides a stimulating mix of media theory, analysis and production. Learning the key concepts of representation, media language and audience at the start of the course, students go on to apply their knowledge in producing print and moving image texts.

This subject will become linear in September 2017.The details of the content account of this subject have not yet been finalized by the exam board, and maybe subject to change.

Course content

Year 12

Component 1: Investigating Media Language and Representation.

This unit introduces students to the knowledge, understanding and skills required to analyse media products through the study of the key areas of media language and representation in relation to examples from music video and video games, advertising and film marketing, newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes.

Component 2: Investigating Media Forms and Products.

In this unit, students study media language, representation, media industries and audiences in relation to: television, magazines and blogs. Students will explore the influence of relevant social, cultural, historical and industry contexts on the set products.

Component 3: Media Production (Coursework)

Students create an individual media production in one form, applying their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audiences. The most likely form will be print based (e.g. magazine/film poster).

Year 13

Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media

Students will analyse how representations, discourses and ideologies are constructed in media products through media language, as well as how representations are influenced by social, cultural, historical and industry (including economic and political) contexts. Component 2 - Media Forms and Products In Depth 

In this unit, students build on the knowledge and understanding developed in Component 1 (and Year Component 2) by studying media language, representation, audiences and media industries. This unit involves the detailed study of set products

Component 3 - Cross-Media Production

Students create an individual cross-media production in two different forms for an intended audience. One of the forms (print) will have been completed in Year 12 course. The most likely form for this unit will be moving image based (e.g. TV/film)

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language GCSE and/or grade B in GCSE Media Studies GCSE (if taken)

Minimum point score of 38 including Maths and English at grade 4 at GCSE. This is equivalent to 4B and 4C grades overall at GCSE. Students will also need to achieve the subject specific criteria below:

NEW GCSE POINT SCORE GCSE grade 2017 Points:

  • G 1.00
  • F 1.50
  • E 2.00
  • D 3.00
  • C 4.00
  • B 5.50
  • A 7.00
  • A* 8.50


Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media (Exam unit. Worth 30% of A Level).

Component 2 - Media Forms and Products In Depth (Exam unit. Worth 40% of A Level)

Component 3 - Cross-Media Production (Coursework unit. 30% of A Level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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