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Media Studies

Why study Media Studies?

The communications and media industry, including new technologies and digital media, is the largest employer in Europe and the second fastest growing study area for further and higher education.
Students of Film Studies and Media Communications have many careers to choose from including: Editing, Acting/Presenting, Advertising, Writing and Publishing, Film Journalism and Marketing. By studying Media Studies students will have a better understanding of how the media works, it's influence upon popular culture, society and politics as well as the way it shapes our perceptions, behaviour, attitudes and desires.

What will I study?

The Media Communications and Film Department run annual trips where students experience the creative media industries first hand, these have included local cinema visits throughout the year and a trip to New York. 

AS Level

Unit 1: Investigating Media
Unit 2: Creating Media
Students investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies.

A2 Level

Unit 3: Critical Perspectives
Unit 4: Media: Research & Production
Students are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society.

Link to AQA Media Studies website

How is the course assessed?

Every student maintains their own research blog where they publish material online. Teachers work directly with students in one-on-one tutorials and invite them to undertake self and peer assessment activities.
Students are expected to engage in independent open learning where they collaborate in creative tasks together. AS and A2 Level is assessed by a portfolio of written coursework and an exam.

What grades do I need to study Media Studies at HSC?

You will need at least five A* - C grades at GCSE.