Media Studies Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Sawyer

L3 Media Studies

The aim of Media Studies is to enable you:

To understand the impact of media agencies and products in our lives; to communicate clearly and to express ideas using different mediums; to develop skills in organisation and working to deadlines; to encourage working collaboratively with others; to increase personal confidence and skills in the practical handling of media technologies; to understand how people, issues and places are represented by the media to understand the production processes involved with media.

There are a number of different standards offered in Media Studies. Some of them are essay based and require a strong grasp of essay writing skills. Of the remaining standards,, one requires you to create a detailed plan of a media product. The other requires you to create a media product. The third requires you to write a script for your media product (usually a short film).

This class will be entered in one of the two internals. Which one will be decided upon after consultation with the class at the start of the year . One external explores the relationship between a genre and society and builds upon the genre external from level 2.  The other external explores a media industry and theoretically builds upon the media product external from level 2.  Note:  you do not need to have taken level 2 Media to be successful in this class

Topics covered include:

  1. Script writing

  2. Media interpretation and analysis.

  3. Media genre and society

  4. Media products (planning and creating)

Recommended Prior Learning

To have entry into Level 3 Media Studies students must achieve 12 credits in level 2 Media Studies or 12 Credits in Level 2 English, which includes two essays, preferably one internal and one external.

Assessment Information

Throughout the year there will be an opportunity of sitting 4 internal assessment standards and 1 external achievement standard. The course offers 20 credits approximately.


Courses outlined will only be available if sufficient students wish to take them AND appropriate staff are available to teach them. Courses that do not run may be offered through distance learning and be supported by the Distance Learning Department.