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Media Studies A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

For most students, Media Studies will be a new subject. This course is designed to enable students to discover, create and evaluate the many ways we communicate today. Our main focus at Springwood is on the music industry and you will create a range of media products (a music magazine, advert, CD cover and music video) over your two years. This course examines the many ways in which Society and individuals are being manipulated by the media, and explores in turn, how to manipulate. It is a highly practical course with considerable hands on experience of modern media equipment including the latest MAC computers, video equipment and industry standard software. Therefore, there are many opportunities for real world, student-centred, creativity. However, to succeed in this challenging subject, each student will have to have to be able to express their thoughts with clarity and insight and this requires high levels of English ability (grade C and above).

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A*- C GCSE grades including Maths and English. Grade C in English Lang. Students without a GCSE in this subject will be dealt with at interview.


You will be assessed according to the OCR Media Studies specification and will be formatively assessed throughout the year in both year 12 and 13. Your coursework is worth 50% and your exam work is worth 50% in each year.

Your year 12 coursework (researching, planning, creating and evaluating your original Music Magazine) and your exam topics (Representations in TV Drama and the structure and practices of the Games Industry) will be externally assessed.

Your year 13 coursework (researching, planning, creating and evaluating your original Music Video, Advert and Digipak) and your exam topics (Critical Perspectives and Collective Identity (Gender)) will be externally assessed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years