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Media Studies AS and A Level at Whitmore High School

Course description

This course is for students who are interested in analysing and producing media products.

Course content

A combination of whole class teaching, workshop activities and rehearsals.


AS examinations

Unit 1 – Investigating Media  50% of AS, 25% of A Level  2 hour written examination 80 marks

Two sections:

    A – four compulsory short answer questions on an unseen text

    B – choice of one from two essays based on a case study completed between Jan-May

Unit 2 – Creating Media  50% of AS, 25% of A Level. Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated 80 marks

Externally set production briefs.

Two linked production pieces taken from two of the three media platforms studied in Unit 1 plus 1500 word evaluation.


A2 examinations

Unit 3- Critical perspectives 25% of A Level  2 hour written exam

Two sections:

   A – Three compulsory questions on unseen stimulus pieces

   B – One essay from a choice of two topics (Currently Identities and the media)

Unit 4- Research and production

2000 word essay (individual). Word count is excluding quotes and bibliography Linked practical production (can be group work if moving image) Total: worth 50% of your A2 (therefore 25% of your overall A-level)

Research essay = 48 marks

Practical production = 32 marks

Future opportunities

Careers in film and television production, advertising, radio, publishing, and the new media industries or studying a university course in theoretical or practical media subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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