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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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Please note media studies will not be running for new students in September 2018.



Are you interested in the role and influence that the media has on society? Do you want to study a subject that you have not studied before, that allows you to develop your critical skills, whilst also providing you with opportunities to be creative and work with a range of technologies? If you have a desire to creatively engage with contemporary media through critical analysis and the creation of your own media texts, the OCR A-level Media Studies course is for you.

Awarding Organisation:  OCR

Reformed / Linear A Level: Yes

More information: Miss N Salmon


Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4 in English Language and Literature, plus the standard Sixth Form entry requirements.


Curriculum and Assessment



Component 1 – Media Products (30%)


Students will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products. Students will use aspects of the theoretical framework to analyse and evaluate their own cross-media productions.


Students will be assessed  through a 1 hour 45 minute exam at the end of the two year course.



Component 2 – Media in a Digital Age (40%)


Students will explore and analyse the ideas and arguments from debates about the media. These debates will be drawn from: a historical perspective; the digital age; global media.


Students will be assessed through a 2 hour exam at the end of the two year course.



Component 3 – Marketing Media (30%)


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


Students will be assessed through coursework throughout the course.



Post 18 Opportunities

Media Studies equips students with a wide range of academic and practical skills that would benefit a range of career paths in the modern work.


Destination of students in the last two years:

  • UCLAN University – Media Production
  • Leeds Trinity University - Media



Students may wish to buy some of their own camera equipment but this is not essential.  The department offer optional visits to the BFI and University Libraries, IMAX and Film Education courses.