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Media Studies

Why Media Studies?

The A-Level qualification in Media Studies will encourage you to develop your interest and engagement in the media which surrounds us, through theoretical and practical exploration of different platforms. You will examine your media consumption widely, independently and critically.

Through the course’s introduction to the theoretical framework through which we study Media, you will learn to use critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination. You will be encouraged to examine and develop your understanding of varying forms of media and its influential role in today's society as well as contemporary and historical media issues.


What do I need to know?

Exam board: We study OCR Media Studies.

Entry Requirements: We ask that you meet the standard Sixth Form requirements, and we would prefer you to have grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language.

You will also have to apply your understanding of the media issues and theoretical framework through your own practical coursework, which will involve creating linked media products across a selection of three platforms: moving image, print and e-media. Not only will your practical work deepen your understanding of media theory, it will develop the technical skills essential to the subject: you will learn to use a variety of programs such as Adobe Premier Pro CS6, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and online web building software.

What is the work like?

As an example of the kind of work that you will cover during the A-Level course, please find to the right the pre-A-Level material that we asked Year 11 to complete before starting their Media Studies course with us in September 2020.

Media Studies Phase 1Media Studies Phase 2Media Studies Phase 3

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Mrs Coleman will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. You are welcome to email her on

To ask a Media Studies student more about the course, please email and they will be happy to help you.


Curriculum Information

Media Studies Curriculum

Course Structure

Year 1

Media Messages Topics: The study of newspapers, adverts, music videos and magazines through the theoretical framework.

Evolving Media Topics: The study of the evolution of digital media across platforms including long form television drama (Stranger Things and The Killing) and radio (the Radio One Breakfast Show) with reference to the theoretical framework and issues within the media.

Year 2

H409/01: Media Messages Exam (worth 35% of qualification)

Section A: News Learners will engage in an in-depth study of contemporary news in the UK, requiring learners to explore how and why newspapers and magazines are evolving as media products.

Section B: Media language and representation Learners will explore media language and representation, through media products set by OCR for advertising, marketing and music videos.

H409/02: Evolving Media Exam (worth 35% of qualification)

Section A: Media industries and audiences. Learners will explore media industries and audiences, through media products set by OCR for radio (the Radio One Breakfast Show), video games (Minecraft) and film (The Jungle Book).

Section B: Long form television drama Learners will engage in an in-depth study of television as an evolving, global media form, specifically considering The Killing.

Practical Coursework: Making Media (worth 30% of qualification)

Learners will practically explore the creation of linked media products in a cross-media production.

Additional costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

Basic media equipment for production work including computers and editing software. It is advantageous but not essential for students to have access to a video camera and a laptop with editing software as some students prefer editing on their own laptop.

Class copies of the course textbooks:

OCR A Level Media Studies Student Guide 1: Media Messages

OCR A Level Media Studies Student Guide 2: Evolving Media

Other costs:  To be met by students

Optional BFI Filming course run in Bournemouth Oct – Jan £25

Some students prefer to purchase their own textbooks which they can make notes in but this is not essential.