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Media Studies A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description


Unit 1: Media Representations & Responses

The unit includes the analysis of a full range of diverse media texts. Contemporary and relevant media texts will be used to explore the following issues

  • Gender (for example the different ways in which men and women are represented by the media)
  • Ethnicity (for example through a study of the positive and negative representations of people from different ethnic backgrounds in news coverage and film texts)
  • Age (for example the representations of teenagers/youth and older people) Issues (for example issues raised by magazines articles such as size zero)
  • Events (for example the news coverage of events)
  • Local, regional and national representations (definitions and comparisons)

Unit 2: Media Production Processes

This is a practical unit designed to enable students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation. Students usually experiment in digital video production, photography and internet cultures among other areas in making their own productions.


Unit 4: Media – Text, Industry & Audience

Students study three different media industries in depth, with the aim of understanding key institutional and audience factors which influence and shape the production of media texts within those industries.

The focus is on contemporary British media and its output, although this is contrasted to other global industries. Three of the key focus industries, will be drawn from the following:

  • Computer Games
  • Television
  • Film and Cinema
  • Advertising
  • Radio
  • The Music Industry
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines (including comics)

Unit: MS3: Controlled Assessment - Title: MS3: Media Investigation & Production

This module provides students with the opportunity to independently study a contemporary media text or texts. Students must demonstrate research skills and synoptic ability in a coherent exposition of their own ideas. The unit is designed to demonstrate the importance of research in informing media production.

Students work on a research investigation, which leads to a media production (informed by the investigation)


Entry requirements

A*‐C at GCSE including English and Maths

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years