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Media Studies AS/A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Media Studies examines an increasingly media-rich society.

It takes everyday texts such as film trailers, magazines, advertisements and news bulletins and analyses them, questioning the content and structure of the text, who created it and why?

What are the implications of one individual, such as Rupert Murdoch, having control over a vast range of media institutions, including BSkyB, News International, 20th Century Fox, AOL, Warner Bros. and so on?

Media Studies also explores the effects that media texts have on their audiences. Advertisements have been very successful at getting us to buy products, but can the media be blamed for the violent behaviour of individuals in society?

How are different groups of people represented in various media texts and how do these representations affect how those people are viewed in society?

You will be given tasks to do in class and in your own time. You will be expected to undertake lots of independent research and to explore the topic areas we look at in class in more detail. You will need to be demonstrate your understanding of the theories we cover in creative/production tasks.

Course content

You will draw on your existing knowledge of the media and develop your ability to respond critically to the media.

You will explore a wide variety of media, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences.

You will also be required to complete creative work in order to gain a greater appreciation of the media through your own production work and to develop your own production skills.

AS Level consists of two modules:

  • MS1 – Media Representations and Responses
  • MS2 – Media Production Processes

A2 Media Studies also consists of two modules:

  • MS3 – Media Investigation and Production
  • MS4 – Text, Industry and Audience


Entry requirements

  • An interest in the mass media
  • An interest in current affairs
  • An ability to communicate your ideas effectively
  • The ability to structure and write extended pieces of work
  • Five GCSEs at Grades C and above, including English Language
  • Students are required to pass the MS1 exam to ensure continuation to A2


  • MS1: A written exam of two and a half hours.
  • MS2: Internally assessed, externally moderated.
  • MS3: Internally assessed, externally moderated.
  • MS4: A written exam of two and a half hours.

Future opportunities

Students with AS and A2 Media Studies have the opportunity to go on to a range of further and higher education courses as well as into related employment.

Throughout the course you will have learned a variety of valuable and transferable skills, including interpreting and analysing information, communicating your ideas to others and making links between the different areas you have studied.

Typical career paths include: journalism, advertising, animation, broadcasting, teaching, local government.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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