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Media Studies at John Mason School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the seco nd year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


The exam and coursework elements will likely cover ‘Representations’ within the media. You will learn about analysing and decoding media texts as well as gaining understanding of the agenda behind specific media products. It is highly probable that you will also research and analyse a specific area s of the media, and use appropriate ICT to produce c reative print or moving media production work.

A Level:

The coursework component is likely to involve the st udent having to complete a research project within either ‘Narrative’, ‘Genre’, or ‘Representation’, as well as cr eating a convincing media product. The examination is likely to assess your in depth knowledge and understanding of text, industry, and audience. You will study a range of media industries in - depth, as well as texts emanating from those industries.



The exact method and weighting of assessment is still to be decided and published. You will need to make reference to several media theorists as well as providing your own extensive knowledge and analysis of industry, representation, and audience. You w ill also complete coursework (likely to be 39% of the overall grade composition) .

You will likely receive a brief from the exam board for you to explore, before creating a media text of your own. This might be print media or moving media and will likely ch ange annually.

A Level:

We will study different media industries and related texts belonging to those specific industries. You will have extensive knowledge of these industries by the end of the course. You will probably explore historical media products and cons ider at least one that is produced outside the commercial mainstream. There will be a further study of theory that will be applied to exemplar media products, and most likely assessed through both exam and coursework components.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities for media graduates include, film, television, media based careers, conservation, theatre design, grap hic design, marketing, fashion and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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