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Media Studies A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Media?

The media plays a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics, shaping our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. This course aims to explore how Media texts create meaning, and how their representations of the world affect audiences. You will also look at the economic and cultural context in which individual media texts operate, through the close analysis of a range of media texts – both ‘traditional’ media (newspapers, television, films,) and digital online media (blogs, websites). You will also develop practical production skills and will be required to produce your own media products.

Any student with an interest in the Media and/or thoughts of following a Higher Education course in Media / Film / Communications / Journalism / Cultural Studies would benefit from taking this course.

The course works well with many subjects but especially English Language, English Literature, DT (Graphics), Photography, Film Studies and Sociology.

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

This contemporary, accessible and creative course has been designed to allow learners to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating their own media production.

Macs, video and still cameras, and other necessary equipment are all also freely available to students for all creative projects that you undertake during the course

Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of a wide range of media forms and contexts. It will enable students to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the media in both an historical and contemporary context. Over the two year A Level, students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding across a range of different media forms and will develop a critical understanding of the media and of media products. Students will respond to a short, unseen moving image extract in exam conditions and will apply their knowledge and understanding of the media to the creation of their own media product

Entry requirements

Five 4s. A 5 in English Language is desirable.


Exam board: tba. 70% exam, 30% coursework.

Future opportunities

The course is relevant to students considering a career in Media. It can lead directly to training, or to a place on a Media degree course. You will develop a range of skills on the course, which could lead to a number of different options in employment or Higher Education. Media Studies can lead to industry-related roles in areas such as production, journalism and photography.

Further information

Please contact Mr P Lloyd on 01480 375700 ext 5743 or email

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Ms