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Media Studies AS & A level at Brentside High School

Course description

In this newly revised course you will learn how to use a range of new technologies to produce movies, documentaries, print advertisements, radio/podcasts, website interactive and video games.  There is an emphasis on practical work with the inclusion of an individual production portfolio.  Digital technologies are at the core of practical learning with the new additions of podcasts, website development and games software.


You will investigate and debate all aspects of today‚Äôs moving images in mass media and the assessment of your knowledge will be based on completing two units in your AS level studies which will include a foundation portfolio in media.  This will be a practical study and you will complete a contextual unit examining key concepts and ideas that arise in TV dramas and radio such as audiences, genres and institutions.  In addition to the above practical units the A level course also includes games software as a practical unit of study for the advanced portfolio of production. 

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English language or grade B in GCSE English literature or grade B in GCSE media studies


AS level is assessed by creating a practical portfolio. There is also a written examination.


A level is assessed by creating an advanced production portfolio. There is also a written examination.


Examination board: OCR 

Future opportunities

An A level will allow you to follow a wide range of courses at university, both theoretical and practical in nature.  If you chose to embark on a media career and enter employment in that field, the practical experience you will have gained and your knowledge and familiarity with real world production strategies will be highly valued by employers. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September