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Media Studies A Level at The Petchey Academy

Course description

The course is split equally between analysis/theory and practical production.  It will cover: knowledge and understanding of the 4 key concepts of Media, across all 3 platforms at an advanced level; planning, production and editing using state-of-the-art software on our Mac computers (Final Cut Pro, InDesign, Photoshop); and Educational visits and extra-curricular projects

Entry requirements

For A Level Media Studies, a GCSE in the subject is not essential. A strong grade (B or above) in English at GCSE is essential, as the exam will require proficiency in timed writing and analysis of unseen materials.

Any production experience in using Photoshop, Final Cut, or any similar editing software programmes is desirable for the production element but again not essential


MEST 1/MEST 2- AS – 2 hour exam on response to an unseen text and a case study essay-based question. A production piece created in response to a set brief, along with linked piece, research and evaluation.

MEST 3/MEST 4: A2- 2 hour exam with personal study section and a critical investigation into an area of the Media/topic of your choice along with linked practical production piece

Future opportunities

Programme Researcher / Media Planner / Multimedia Specialist / Runner / TV or Film Producer / Advertising Account Executive / Broadcast presenter or journalist / Information Officer / Magazine Journalist / Writer

You will utilise many core skills that are attractive to any employer. It also complements many of the other subjects that you study at A Level, giving you an all-round set of skills for your CV

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2017
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