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Media Studies A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

You already consume a lot of media texts without probably thinking about them too much. Wouldn’t it be great to understand how and why producers make TV shows, films, magazines, websites, advertisements, apps and other products and make sense of them in more detail?

A creative element will also allow you to experiment with making your own print and moving image productions from scratch, including filming, editing and desktop publishing.

Course content

You will study:

 Television

 Cinema and film

 Magazines

 Advertising

 E-media, such as social networking, blogs, virals, wikis

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE or their equivalent and must include English Language or English GCSE.


For AS level

Unit one an examination paper: Investigating Media A short answer questions on unseen stimulus and one essay question on cross-media study.

Unit Two a portfolio of coursework: Creating Media. Two linked productions plus written evaluation and planning/research materials.

For A2 level

Unit Three an examination paper: Critical perspectives Section A - compulsory questions on unseen stimulus and Section B - essay from choice of pre-set topics.

Unit Four a portfolio of coursework: Research and Production A critical investigation essay and a linked production piece on an area of media which interests you.

Future opportunities

Media Studies is an ideal course with which to prepare for a career in journalism, television presenting, television producing, film-making, scriptwriting, animation, editing and media production, public relations and event management. We will develop a flexible and transferable set of skills and knowledge that employers will expect in the 21st Century.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

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