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Media Studies AS/ A2 at West Coventry 6th Form (Woodlands Academy, Tile Hill Wood School, Westwood Academy)

Course description

The Media is all around us. It reads us, presents to us, represents us and defines who we are. The study of The Media is a vital and challenging skill in today’s society. By studying Media A Level you will engage in one of the most popular courses in Sixth Form which consistently produces good results for its students. Media Studies is an engaging course which is rooted in the real world, and is suitable for students able to explore the world they live in and question what messages we are told as audiences

Course content

Media Studies is divided into Key Concepts: Audience, Representation, Institution, Language, Codes and Conventions. Students study a range of theoretical approaches including Semiotics, Marxism, Feminism, Postmodernism, Social Theory, Narrative and Genre Theory. In addition, you will learn practical skills in production including camerawork, Photoshop, InDesign and Premier. We study across all media including magazines, newspapers, film, television, games and more.

Entry requirements

B Grade at Media GCSE or a B grade in English PLUS one of the following subjects: Graphics, Photography, Art, Drama or Film


Year 12:50% Practical Coursework, 50% Examination based on unseen text and case study Year 13:50% Practical and written Coursework, 50% Examination based on unseen texts and case study

Future opportunities

Students who have done the course at A Level go onto a variety of destinations and different courses. Media opens up doors into a range of Higher Degrees as a result of the range of skills practised during the course. Students have gone onto study courses such as Marketing, Sports Journalism, Events Management, Law, English, Film Making and Publishing at Universities such as Bournemouth, Nottingham and Leeds..

Further information

The course is 50% Coursework and 50% Examination. • In Year 12 the coursework involves creating two practical pieces on print, moving image and/or web. In Year 13 the coursework element is an extended individual project of 2000 words alongside a linked production piece. • The examination for both years involves one or two unseen media texts alongside an individual case study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Coventry 6th Form (Woodlands Academy, Tile Hill Wood School, Westwood Academy) directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks

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