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A Level Media at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

H. Lasswell: ‘Who is saying what, to whom, on whose behalf, through which channel and to what effect?’ That’s A level Media all wrapped up in a sentence. So if you are inquisitive about the media landscape that we all inhabit and want to explore it via a range of both practical and theoretical means then you should do A level Media! Over the course you will develop a range of creative, analytical and technological skills as well as having opportunities to work individually and collaboratively. We learn practical production skills (e.g. digital stills and video capture, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects) as well as critical theories and evaluation techniques. Our suite of resources are readily equipped to deliver the skills for you to create their your showreel featuring ideas and topics that interest you.

Course content

You will have the opportunity to study a range of key areas such as: film production and TV broadcasting as well as looking at the concepts that underpin the major media industries of Film, Internet, TV, Music and Radio. Research and close critical analysis of real media texts is used to enable students to design and plan their own productions. AS topics include case study analysis of TV Drama construction and effects. This accompanied by investigation of the current working processes within the film industry: production, distribution and exhibition. The Foundation Portfolio requires you to develop skills in creative media production – you choose whether that will be publishing, video and audio productions or web design.

A2 topics include direct application of critical theories to assess arrears such as representations, use of digital technologies and creativity in practice. Additionally there is a whole unit on the impact of the Internet on media industries. The Advanced Portfolio requires you to deepen and broaden your creative skills set in producing a wider range campaign of media texts.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language grade B or higher and preferably GCSE Media Studies or Film Studies grade B OR BTEC Level 2 Creative Media Production at Merits or higher.


Assessment is equally split 50:50 practical coursework: written examination. In the AS year, coursework is the foundation portfolio for students can choose from a range of set briefs; the examination is composed of a close analysis of a previously unseen TV dramas extract and case study based investigation of the film industry.

In the A2 year, a further advanced production portfolio is developed: there are a selection of set briefs for which candidates must produce a range of products; the examination requires students to analyse, reflect and evaluate the success of their productions over the two years of study; additionally, there are questions to investigate effects of the internet on both the TV and film industries.

Future opportunities

Media Studies is a stepping stone for careers such as journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. It also provides a good foundation to embark on a range of courses at university. There are many readily transferable skills learned that will empower students in careers in which research, analysis, communication and expression are valued.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.