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Media Studies (Linear) AQA A Level at Cotham School

Course description

Studying the media means you will start to formulate your own responses to the range of media, old and new, that saturate modern life. You will also be encouraged to develop your opinions on how the media represents the world. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts will be studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies. Recent practical coursework has been impressive. Production tasks involve creating electronic press kits for new bands, opening sequences to reality TV shows and a range of print products.

A-level builds on the AS work and looks more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption, as well as looking at media debates and theories. You will be encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate your understanding of the media and its influential role in today’s society as well as debating major contemporary media issues. The course involves a focused exploration of the developing role of new media technologies such as social networking, online broadcasting and other digital platforms. You will also look at the representation of different social groups across the multi-platform media landscape.

Course content

What will I learn?

AS level

  • Investigating the media
  • Creating media

A level

  • Critical perspectives
  • Research and production 

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

You will experience a variety of teaching methods as learning about the media demands teaching that is lively and participatory. There may also be the opportunity to take a media focused trip to London. Previous trips have included visits to the IMAX, the British Board of Film Classification, the British Music Experience (at the O2) and a West End show.

Entry requirements

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements including grade 4 in English Language preferably a 5. An interest in all forms of media.


50% examination, 50% coursework (subject to change)

Future opportunities

Media studies is a respected A level and successful completion of the course allows access to further and higher educational programmes, including vocational based training. This could lead to careers in areas such as journalism, advertising, TV and other creative media industries with previous students using their experience to gain work experience in the industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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