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Media Studies A Level at Canons High School

Course description

Media is a vital part of our existence today. This course is for students who are interested in discovering more about the media and how their products influence and affect our everyday lives.

Course content

This course involves studying how the media communicates meaning to audiences. You’ll develop practical and theoretical skills so that you can both analyse and create media productions. You’ll learn how to analyse television, film, newspapers and magazines, as well as use the latest technology to make your own film, video, web, radio or magazine productions.

  • How to make the opening 2 mins of a new fiction film
  • Detailed study of the British and American film industries
  • How to make a trailer for a new horror film
  • How to create a magazine cover and film poster to advertise your horror trailer
  • Detailed study of a group  of people in the media e.g. women, teenagers, superheroes etc.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A*-C including English and Mathematics.


How will I be assessed?

A Level

  • To create a 2 min opening of a new fiction film
  • 1 question worth 50 marks in response to a 5 min clip
  • 1 question worth 50 marks in relation to how the film industry functions
  • 2 evaluation questions
  • 1 question based in a collective group chosen by the candidate


Future opportunities

The skills that you acquire from studying media are valued in many careers and industries. There are links with careers in film and television production, advertising, radio, publishing, and the new media industries. However study at university in theoretical or practical media subjects can enable employment with many companies looking to promote themselves in a crowded market.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years