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Media Studies A Level at Varndean College

Course description

Media Studies complements a variety of subjects and potential progression routes.  As well as gaining an informed understanding of Media texts and their contexts, students will also develop practical skills using the Mac suite.

Course content

You will study and be assessed on the following three components, over a two-year


Written examination: 2 hours,15 mins   (30% of qualification)

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries,
audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections: Section A: Analysing
Media Language and Representation, Section B: Understanding Media Industries
and Audiences



Written examination: 2 hours, 30 mins   (40% of qualification)

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries,
audiences and media contexts, It consists of three sections: Section A: Television
in the Global Age, Section B: Magazines, Mainstream and Alternative Media,
Section C: Media in the Online Age



(30% of qualification)

Students will create two media products from the following media forms:
Television, magazine, film marketing, music marketing and online options.
Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of how texts are
constructed for specific meaning and audiences.

Entry requirements

Standard advanced course requirements.


70% exam, 30% coursework

Future opportunities

Students progress to a variety of degree courses and a range of HE institutions for both single and joint honours . This course will also give you a show reel, created using industry standard software (Adobe Premiere Pro/Photoshop) for when applying for Media Production courses/work experience/apprenticeships.

Further information

An annual highlight is the Cosmat Conference, organised by Varndean staff for A Level students from all over Sussex, which invites leading filmmakers such as Ben Wheatley (Sightseers/Free Fire/High Rise) to show and discuss their work. There are guest speakers leading sessions on scriptwriting eg Jenny Lecoat (Another Mother’s Son). Cinema visits included a special screening of I, Daniel Blake with a director’s Q&A.
Further plans include guest speakers from Radio and TV.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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