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A level Media Studies at Garforth Academy

Course description

Media Studies has historically, and continues to be one of the Academy's most succesful departments both at GCSE and A-Level.

This was reflected by excellent results year on year; in 2017 for example, 100% of A2 level students achieved a grade C or above.

We are extremely proud of the facilities that we can offer to students and we are striving to continue to develop all the time, keeping in touch with the latest technology in the creation of moving image and print based products.

Media is and will continue to be one of the main driving forces in society. The world in which we live is completely media saturated and there is no way anyone can avoid its influence. Media Studies can equip students with the knowledge to understand how the media helps shape our World and its influence on groups and individuals.

As well as analytical skills, students can also express themselves creatively giving them hands on, transferable skills.

Course content

In the new specification, students will focus on the core theoretical framwork, incorporating Media language, Representations, Audiences and Inductry.

Assessment will take place over two exams at the end of year 2, where students will answer questions based around issues and debates in the Media as well as the more traditional analysis of a range of Media products from different formats and targeting different audiences, These will take place alongside a non-exam assessment (more commonly knows as coursework) where students will research, plan and create a fully realised media product using a brief specified by the exam board. This means that the course retains its rounded nature, where students are required to develop both practical and analytical skills.

Media Studies can open doors to a wide range of further study and career opportunities. It has developed in recent years and is recognised for its challenging content and ranging skill set. Several of our students have gone on to work in the Media Industry from film through to Public Relations.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grade 9-4 inclduding Grade 4 in GCSE English Language

Grade 4 in GCSE Media Studies if taken


Exam: 70%

Coursework: 30%

Future opportunities

Careers in: Multimedia, Design, Journalism (written or broadcast), Film/TV production, marketing, Advertising, Social Media & Enterprise, Public Relations

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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