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Media Studies (A level - No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

We live in a media saturated society, our lives influenced by television, film, radio, advertising, newspapers and magazines and more recently e-media. Media Studies teaches you how to question the power of the media, how institutions construct products to influence, and how you, the audience, are targeted and are now beginning to exercise power.

The practical aspect of the course provides a basis for those interested in a more technical and ICT driven future.

In the A level course you will learn about the ways in which the media is constructed and the relationship between genre, media institutions and audience. In addition to this you will learn media key concepts, study media issues and debates and analyse and deconstruct texts . Media texts will be examined across three media platforms. You will also have the chance to work independently by completing your own in depth case study in preparation for the exam and this will prepare you for the type of study which will be required if you choose to go to University.

The practical module of the course allows you to illustrate your knowledge of the codes and conventions of media products by creating your own texts. This will involve using research skills, analysis of professional texts, learning editing techniques, working to deadlines and incorporating creative ideas.

Lessons will be a combination of teacher-directed sessions and group activities requiring directed and independent study. Classes are mixed ability. Individual tutorials are provided on a regular basis .

You are expected to complete 6 hours of private study per week. This is a combination of homework, and independent work or research.

You wil enjoy this course if you are a student that has a keen interest in the media, an independent and enquiring mind, are self disciplined, can work independently, are creative and have some technical ability.



Course content

 In year 12 you will learn the new media terminology necessary for evaluating texts and concentrate on the key concepts of Forms and conventions, institutions, representation and audience studying a range of case studies across the media platforms. In the practical product students will write a statement on intent and produce media products for a predetermined audience.

In year 13 students are encouraged to examine the media in ales formulaic way and develop understanding and its influential role in today’s society as well as debating major contemporary issues, theories and context focusing on texts provided by the exam board.


Entry requirements

GCSE English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C. English at level 5 is a course requirement.  


 Unit 1 – MEST1 Investigating Media

External written examination 25% of A level

Unit 2 – MEST2 Creating Media

Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated 25% of A level

Unit 3 – MEST3 Media: Critical Perspectives

External written examination 52% of A level

Unit 4 – MEST4 Media: Research and Production

Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated 25% of A level


Financial information

Trips and visits in support of the curriculum. 

Future opportunities

The subject enables a wide range of career choices. Previous students have gone on to university to pursue degrees in Media and Communication, Film Studies, Sociology, Geography, English and Sports & Media. The practical aspect of the course provides a basis for those students interested in a more technical/ ICT-driven future You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English, to prepare for higher education in Media-related courses, related courses in the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a journalist, news reporter, TV producer, public relations officer.

The course helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and communication sectors.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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