Sixth Form: Media Studies

Subject Overview

This is a rewarding course, which requires you to be critical of the world around you.  You will develop your skills of media literacy through a combination of independent and supported study and a range of practical tasks.

Entry Requirements

Media Studies GCSE is not essential, but where it has been taken, grade C is recommended.

Syllabus (Course Outline and Structure)

For the academic year beginning in September 2017, new specifications are being introduced for Media‘A’ level courses. We, along with all schools, are awaiting final details on the changes before deciding which examination board to select and how to structure the courses. The website will be updated as soon as these decisions have been made.

The course will feature a written exam that covers a range of media concepts and theories (70%) and a Non-exam Assessment where students must respond to a brief and create a range of Practical Media products (30%)

Complimentary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities

This qualification should appeal to students interested in a wide range of careers related to the media including journalism, film, directing and advertising.  Because it teaches transferable skills, students will also find that this qualification is useful in the fields of marketing, business, teaching and IT.

Subject Resources

Photoshop is an industry standard image manipulation software which is used for all print work. Final Cut Express is used for film editing. The Media department used HD cameras, green and white screen technology and Apple Macs/Macbooks to produce their practical work.

Useful Links

  • Media Guardian: Link to Guardian website
  • Photoshop Tutorials: Students use photoshop to manipulate their own images and create professional looking print work. Links to online photoshop tutorials can be found here