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Media Studies AS & A Level at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School

Course description

Media studies is a discipline and field of study that deals with the content, history and effects of various media; in particular, the mass media and its many platforms including print, film and web based media.

A-level Media Studies offers a smooth progression from GCSE Media Studies, extending students' practical skills in the medium they work in, building their ability to research independently, and deepening their appreciation and understanding of the role media plays in day to day life.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Foundation Portfolio in Media
    This is a coursework unit where candidates produce a media artefact from a series of briefs. This process involves progression from a pre-production, preliminary exercise to a more fully realised piece. Candidates will plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills.

    After investigating a wide breadth of media process, techniques and technologies including print, animation, film, website design audio and image manipulation. Candidates present their research and planning in digital format through the development of a live blog. The unit requires candidates to engage with contemporary media technologies, giving them the opportunity for development of skills in these technologies.

    They do an evaluation in digital format, based on seven required prompt questions.
  • Unit 2: Exam
    Candidates complete an exam paper based on the theme of TV Drama.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade A*-C (to include English and Mathematics)


AS GCE is made up of two units of equal weighting and carries 50% of the overall 2 year A level qualification.

Future opportunities

Media studies graduates typically enter careers in the media, cultural and creative industries. Areas of work include television and radio, film and video, digital media, computer games, journalism, writing and publishing, PR and media practice.

A range of employers employ media studies graduates, including:

  • communications agencies;
  • the Civil Service;
  • marketing organisations;
  • media companies;
  • the newspaper industry;
  • PR consultancies;
  • publishing companies;
  • TV and radio companies

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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