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Media Studies AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

Students will study different topic areas ranging from advertising and marketing to popular culture. Key concepts such as representation, audiences and institutions are also studied. In addition, students will have the opportunity to use a range of media equipment such as digital video cameras and editing software on the ibook. This will be invaluable when creating their own media product.

An ability to read a variety of texts, formulate opinions and reason carefully are all essential skills. Students will need to develop coherent arguments and commit these to essay format, therefore a good grade in English GCSE would be an advantage. Students will be expected to do a substantial amount of reading and have an interest in the media and its various forms of communication such as film, the internet, television and the press. There is also a practical element where students will be required to produce their own media texts, so ICT skills would be a definite advantage.

Course content

Investigating Media

Students are introduced to a conceptual framework for reading and understanding media texts. Cross media studies from broadcast fiction, documentary, music, news and sport.

Creating Media

Students will use one or more media technologies to produce two finished pieces of practical coursework, accompanied by a written evaluation.

Critical Perspectives

Students will study pre-set topic areas starting with representations in the Media and the impact of new/digital media. Recent media debates and media theory will be assessed.

Research and Production

Students undertake research into a media text or theme and link this to a production piece.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). Minimum of a C grade in GCSE English Language. At least a B grade in Media GCSE, if studied at KS4

At least a grade B in English Language


Investigating Media 2 hour Written Paper

Creating Media Coursework

Critical Perspectives 2 hour Written Paper

Research and Production Coursework

Future opportunities

Media Studies provides a useful foundation for any Arts degree and provides a good background for a large number of careers such as: Journalism, Advertising, Marketing, Television, PR, Teaching and many others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years