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Media Studies

Media Studies is a contemporary and creative course which will allow students to study the media in an academic context and apply their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating their own media productions. Students will study global and historical media and develop critical and reflective thinking, engaging in critical debates surrounding contemporary media. Students will develop an understanding of the dynamic and changing relationships between media forms, products, industries and audiences.

KS5 Media Studies A Level

(Click here for the OCR Media Studies H409 A Level Specification)

Student Course Criteria

Media Studies is a contemporary and creative course which will allow students to study the media in an academic context and apply their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating their own media productions. Students will study global and historical media and develop critical and reflective thinking, engaging in critical debates surrounding contemporary media. Students will develop an understanding of the dynamic and changing relationships between media forms, products, industries and audiences.

The course will suit students who can demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision- making and analysis; who can appreciate the historical development of media alongside contemporary debates of society, culture, politics and the economy. Students needs to be able to apply theoretical knowledge to analyse media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed in order to make their own informed arguments and draw conclusions about media issues. 

Students will apply their knowledge of theory and context to print and online news. Students will study media language and representations in magazines, advertising and marketing and music videos. Students will explore media audiences and institutions through radio, video games and film.

Non-Examined Assessment (Coursework)

Students will create a cross-media product in response to an OCR set brief. Students will research, plan, film and edit their own media product. 

Course Assessment

70% Examination and 30% Non-Examined Assessment 

Further Opportunities

Media Studies A Level provides an excellent introduction to the study of media at higher education. It complements a range of subjects at degree level from the arts and humanities. This course would be particularly valuable to those seeking a career in the fields of journalism, advertising and marketing, publishing, online media and media production. 

Securing a Place at Post 16

The most successful students in A Level media have a minimum grade 6 in English Language


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms C Egleton, and Acting Deputy Headteacher, Ms Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 0208 3633030.

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