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Media Studies: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?
The media plays a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics, shaping our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view that they offer.  This course aims to explore how media texts create meaning, and how their representations of the world affect audiences.  You will also look at the economic and cultural context in which individual media texts operate, through the close analysis of a range of media texts - both "traditional" media (newspapers, television, films) and digital online media (blogs, websites). You will also develop practical production skills and will be required to produce your own media products.

Who does it suit?
Did you have your own blog, Twitter account and Pinterest board before most people even knew what those words meant? Are you fascinated by the way a news story gains momentum, an image or video goes viral, or the whole process that goes into getting an idea from script to screen? If any of these apply to you, then you will be well placed to explore this interest and develop expertise in this dynamic and powerful subject area.

Course content

What is it about?
Media Studies is a highly relevant subject for the 21st century, giving an invaluable insight into the world today. It is a highly creative subject, teaching skills such as film-making and editing, web and image desigh.  After the finance industry, media is the second largest employer in London.

Who does it suit?
This course will particularly suit those students who want to combine an academic interest in all aspects of the the Media, from Gaming to TV to film plus much more, with a more practical desire to create their own film posters using their own photography, filming and editing music videos and TV shows, and building an interactive website. If you enjoy being creative with technology, then this is the course for you.


What you will study in the first year:
Component 1:
Media products, industries and audiences
Media language and representation: understanding media industries and audiences

Component 3:
Cross-media production
Creating a media product across two platforms in response to a chosen brief.

In the second year you will study:
Component 2:
Media forms and products in depth
Television in the global age
Magazine - mainstream and alternative media
Media in the online age

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 4 hours of private study per week.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE Grade 4 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE English Literature Grade 5 minimum
Enthusiasm for all aspects of the media


Component 1:
Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins
Percentage of A level: 35%

Component 2:
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
Percentage of A level: 35%

Component 3:
Non-exam assessment
Percentage of A level: 30%

Future opportunities

This course is relevant to students considering a career in Media. It can lead directly to training, or to a place on a Media degree course. You will develop a range of skills on the course, which could lead to a number of different options in employment or Higher Education.

Computer gaming, newspaper and magazine journalism, advertising and marketing, creative IT, graphic design, website design and development, event management, social media, writing and publishing, plus there is a wide range of exciting careers in the film, television, radio, music and online industries.

Further information

Students will undertake trips to the British Film Institute, Sky Television, local media facilities sch as the Curzon and Odeon cinema chains, and also to seminars relevant to aspects of the course.

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: 19 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years