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A Level in Media Studies at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

Media Studies is a popular subject at A-Level. Students enjoy the challenge that comes with designing and creating their own original media texts and exploring the media that they use every day. The course offers the study of a variety of media texts, an exploration of current issues and debates within the world of the media and an evaluation of the way in which audiences consume, respond to, use and enjoy media texts.

Course content

The new specification for A-Level Media Studies consists of four units, two of which are studied at AS Level and the remaining two at A-Level. A number of interesting and engaging topics are explored.

At both AS and A-Level, students will complete a piece of practical coursework. They will be required to research in preparation for, plan, create and evaluate their practical work and will produce three media artefacts at both levels. These practical exercises will enable students to experience what it actually feels like to be a working media practitioner and will allow them to experiment in producing both print and moving media.

In addition to practical tasks, students will study theory. They will analyse TV drama, carry out case studies of British magazines, explore the representation of social groups within the media and investigate and examine current media issues and debates.

Entry requirements

Students who achieve a ‘C’ grade or above in GCSE Media Studies are encouraged to continue studying the subject at A-Level. If students wish to start studying the subject in Year 12, however, no prior knowledge or study of the subject is required. Nonetheless, it is necessary that candidates have good communication, analytical and literacy skills and at least a ‘C’ grade or above in English Language and preferably a C grade or above in English Literature.


Exam Board/Syllabus

OCR – H140 and H540


At both AS and A-Level, students are assessed on both their practical and theory work. Practical work makes up 50% of the marks available, while the theory work makes up the remaining 50%. Students will have their theoretical knowledge assessed in public examinations that will take place in the summer term.


Future opportunities

There are a wide range of exciting, creative and interesting jobs available to those wishing to join the media industry and studying A-Level Media Studies is the first real step to securing a position in this ever popular field.

Further information

For further information contact Ms C Cross, Head of Media Studies

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS, and a further 1 year for A Level