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Media Studies A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

Students explore the workings of the modern day mass media and the theories and debates surrounding it. A large emphasis is placed on the analysis of media texts across the broadcast, print and online platforms. Students learn how to read the language of the media and apply the key ideas to specific media texts including radio and television programmes, magazines, newspapers, adverts and online content. They will have the opportunity to use new media technologies to create a media production of their own, such as a music video, radio programme or specialist magazine.

Course content

Paper 1 and Paper 2 (70% of A level) Written examinations: short answer and extended response questions analysing media texts and applying knowledge of media concepts
Non-examination assessment: creating two media products (30% of A level).

Entry requirements

Students currently studying GCSE Media Studies need to achieve a grade 5
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.


The non-examination assessment (formerly known as coursework) represents 30% of the total qualification. The written papers (70% of the total mark) mix multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions to test students’ knowledge of media language, media representations, media audiences and media industries as well as their ability to analyse a series of set texts known Close Study products (CSPs). The course encourages students to be critically autonomous and engage with the issues and debates related to the contemporary media landscape.

Future opportunities

An A level in Media Studies provides students with the academic and technical ability to work in a variety of media sectors or organisations that require media skills. This A level would benefit anyone planning a career in any aspect of film/TV/radio production; journalism; advertising and marketing; web design; market research; PR; as well as emerging opportunities in new digital media. Many students take up further studies in media related courses at colleges and universities. As these are popular and competitive career choices we encourage students to develop their own CV and portfolio whilst in the Sixth Form in order to enhance their career prospects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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  • Start date: Next September


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