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Media Studies AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

This course enables students to develop a critical awareness and understanding of the media and its role in building and moulding society and its attitudes through the exploration of media products, the institutions which produce them and the audiences which respond to them.

The course is delivered through a variety of approaches: discussion of media topics; analysis of film, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines and the use of IT and video equipment. Students learn around a framework comprising media conventions, insti tutions, audiences and representations.

Course content

At AS level students will study key media concepts in TV Drama. In Section A of this module, learners answer questions on an unseen moving image extract which is then linked to some aspect of representati on within the sequence. In Section B, they study a specific media industry from a choice of film, music, newspapers, radio, magazines or video games.

At A2 students develop critical perspectives of the media in relation to their own production work. They also study contemporary media issues such as global media, media in the online age or the relationship between media and identity.

A distinctive feature of the course is the practical production element at both AS and Advanced GCE. This enables students to put theory into practice by creating their own media products, thus affording opportunities for engagement in creative, imaginative and aesthetic activity. For example, students might create a series of pages for a new music magazine.

Entry requirements

Students will need at least a C in GCSE English Language. There is a need for clear, accurate English in examinations and coursework. Students should show a willingness to join in discussions and must be prepared to work on practical production in their own time. Progress to A2 will depend on a pass at AS level and commitment to the course during Year 12. Media Studies combines well with other subjects at A level including Art and Design, Sociology, History, Graphics, English Language and English Literature.


This is a demanding but exciting AS and A2 level course. The course is divided into examination work based on theoretical knowledge of the media, and practical coursework. This practical work is both print and moving image based.

Future opportunities

A media qualification is recognised by the industry thus opening up opportunities for future employment in the media sector. Such careers might include advertising, broadcasting, journalism and teaching. In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for further study in media related courses in higher education. More generally, it is a valuable qualification for any career that requires good communication and analytical skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years