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Higham Lane
Sixth Form

Media Studies


Here at Higham Lane Sixth Form, Media Studies is an exciting course that allows students to show off their creative skills, as well as their analytical skills with a mixture of practical and theoretical work. Studying media will give the opportunity to:

  • Further develop your skills as an independent learner – a lot of the course relies on you researching, planning and producing media texts that are original to you,
  • Allow you the freedom to be creative and interpretative
  • Learn how to use new ICT software, including Adobe Photoshop and Premier Pro
  • Learn away from the classroom environment
  • Working as part of a team, developing initiative and responsibility.
  • Understand the ways in which culture and identity are developed and presented
  • Critical evaluation skills
  • Communication and representation of ideas
  • Consider debates surrounding the media industry and how it continues to change the world we live in.

Exam Board:



Component 1 - 35%

Media Products, Industries and Audiences.

You will apply the theoretical framework to the following media industries.

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Film (cross media study)
  • Music Video
  • Newspapers
  • Radio
  • Video Games

Component 2 - 35%

Media Forms and Products in Depth.

You will study and apply your knowledge of the theoretical framework to the following Media Forms.

  • Television
  • Magazines
  • Online, social and participatory media

Component 3 - 30%

Cross Media Production

For your non exam assessment (coursework) you will produce an Advertising and Marketing package for a musical artist. This will include an original Music Video and related Print or Online products

Course Details:

Throughout the Media A Level you will be challenged to

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and debates using appropriate terminology
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to show how meaning is created when analysing and evaluating media products and your own practical work
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and produce media products using appropriate technical conventions and creative skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent research and apply it to your own work

Learners study a range of media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of
media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The following forms are studied in depth through applying all areas of the framework: newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media. Advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games are studied in relation to selected areas of the framework.

Other Learning Opportunities:

Media and Marketing roles within the Student Union

Where next with this course?

If you continue onto university an apprenticeship tor go straight for employment, there are lots of career options for Media students.

Opportunities such as: Animator, Announcer, Art Director, Audio and Video Equipment Technician, Author, Broadcaster, Camera Operator, Communication Specialist, Designer, Digital Media Specialist, Film/Video Editor, Graphic/Web Designer, Journalist, Managing Editor, Marketing Assistant, Multimedia Specialist, News Analysts, Photo Editor, Photographer, Producer, Production Manager, Proof-reader, Public Relations Specialist, Publicist, Radio Operator, Recording Engineer, Reporter, Social Media Specialist, Sound Mixer, Technical Producer, Technical Writer, Television Announcer, Videographer, Writer… to name but a few.


Click on the link below for a copy of the course details.