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Media Studies AS A2 at Guilsborough School

Course description


The course aims to develop the following:

Practical Production Skills in two or more of these areas: Print; Video; Audio; Website.

The skills to analyse media texts.

An awareness of the commercial and social factors which influence production.

Independent Research Skills.

Course content


Foundation Portfolio. 50% of AS. (25% A2)

Working either individually, or as part of a group ( maximum group size 4)students select one of four briefs and produce two related products. Students also submit a folder of planning and research.

Sample 2009 Brief : Video

A brief continuity task: a film of a person entering a room and starting a conversation.

Main Task: the titles and opening sequence of a new fiction film.( 2 minutes)

Key Media Concepts Examination. 50% of AS. (25% A2) A Two Hour Written Examination

There are two sections to the exam

1. An analysis of an unseen extract from a TV Drama OR a Radio Drama

2. A question based on a case study of an individual media industry.


Advanced Media Portfolio 25% of the total A level

Working either individually, or as part of a group ( maximum group size 4)students select one of five briefs and produce two, or more, related products

Sample 2009 Brief : Advertising

An advertising package for a new product or service, to include

TWO TV Advertisements and two of the following: a radio advertisement; a TV Sponsorship sequence; or a web pop-up.

Critical Perspectives in Media 25% of the total A level A two hour written examination

There are TWO sections to the examination.

1. A written evaluation of their own practical skills development and of their Portfolio products.

2. An essay on contemporary issues, such as Global Media or 'We' Media and Democracy.

Entry requirements

At least a C grade in GCSE English.  Students with particular artistic, design or IT skills but with a lower English grade will be considered on an individual basis.


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Future opportunities

Further information

Media Studies is an exciting, lively course combining practical production with theoretical understanding. Most students do very well because of the wide range of skills involved in the assessment processes.

A large proportion of students go on to some further study of the Media after school, either following a specific Media production pathway or using their skills in Business, Marketing or Communication courses

For further information please contact Mrs V Fox.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years