Media Studies

Media Studies

A Level

3rd Sep `22

2 Years


Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form


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Course details

Media Studies is an accessible and contemporary but rigorous course that enables learners to study the media in an academic context and apply their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating their own media productions. Media Studies widens the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of both global and historical media. By encouraging practical and academic engagement in the debates surrounding today’s media, this course will help you to develop critical and reflective thinking, skills that will serve you well both in higher education and in the workplace.


A Level in Media Studies enables learners to:
• demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis, and a critical approach to media issues,
• demonstrate appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture, politics and the economy,
• develop an understanding of the dynamic and changing relationships between media forms, products, media industries and audiences,
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the global nature of the media,
• apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology to analyze and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed, in order to make informed arguments, reach substantial judgements and draw conclusions about media issues,
• engage in critical debate about academic theories used in media studies,
• appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and practice supports theoretical understanding,
• demonstrate sophisticated practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.

1. Media Messages
2. Evolving Media
3. Making Media

Media Messages – Section A: News and Online Media
Learners will focus on contemporary news in the UK. They shall explore how and why newspapers and their online counterparts are evolving as media products and the relationship between both online and offline news.

Media Messages – Section B: Media Language and Representation
Learners will explore media language and representation, through media products set by OCR in the
following media forms:
• Advertising and Marketing
• Magazines
• Music Vidoes

Evolving Media – Section A: Media Industries and Audiences
Learners will explore media industries and audiences, through media products set by OCR for:
• Radio
• Video Games
• Film

Evolving Media – Section B: Long-form Television Drama
Learners will engage in one in-depth study of television as an evolving, global media form. Learners shall study one complete episode of a contemporary Englishlanguage long-form television drama and one complete episode of a non-English long-form television drama.

Making Media
Learners will create a cross-media product. This component offers learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework in the production of their own individual cross-media product from a choice of set briefs issued by OCR.

1. Media Messages – one two-hour written examination.
2. Evolving Media – one two-hour written examination.
3. Making Media – learners will create a cross-media product in response to an OCR set brief.


Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: A Level
Exam Board: OCR

As a media studies student, you will be expected to have an informed, critical understanding of the media and mass communication. Media studies can be useful in a range of careers including marketing, sales and advertising, roadcast media and performing arts, journalism, publishing, and leisure sport and tourism. Media is a highly popular, and therefore competitive field, so hands on experience is critical.

Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

English Language and English Literature 5-4 (in either combination) 

Progression into the second year of the course is reliant on students achieving a minimum D grade in the End of Year 1 Exam.


  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335