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Media Studies A2 level at The Bushey Academy

Course description

This course should encourage candidates to:

  • enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives
  • develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills
  • explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts
  • become independent in research skills and their application in their practical work and in developing their own views and interpretations.

Course content

In Year 12, students complete Units 1 and 2. Unit 1 and Unit 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of both units is underpinned by a set of key media concepts and media platforms. This includes Media Concepts, such as Media Representations, Media Institutions and Media Audiences, and Media Platforms such as Broadcasting, Digital/web-based media (e-media) and Print.

In the second year of the course, students will build on their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption – why as well as how texts are created as they are. As well as building on the concepts studied at AS, candidates will look at some debates and theories as appropriate. This includes Media Debates on Reality TV, Moral Panics, Post 9/11 and the media, Regulation and Censorship and News Value. It will also include Media Theories on Analysis, Consumption, Production and Politics and the media.


This course is assessed over four units in the two year course. This will include both written and practical assessment.

Future opportunities

This course covers a wide range of transferable skills that allows pupils to develop and enhance their creative and technological strengths. A qualification in Media Studies enables pupils to apply for a range of subjects in university, including Communication Studies, Broadcasting, Advertising and Film Studies. This qualification would also lead to a number of exciting career opportunities including Radio and TV Journalism, Animation, Web Design, Corporate Production, Computer Games Design and Film Production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bushey Academy directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years