Intermediate 1
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Intermediate 1

You usually take these courses if you:

  • have finished Standard Grade Foundation (or Access 3) level; or
  • want to take an alternative to Standard Grade General level; or
  • want to take up a new subject at school or college.

Generally, three national units (blocks of work that usually take 40 hours to finish) plus 40 hours flexible time make up these courses.

Media Studies: Intermediate 1

Why Media Studies?

The media play a central role in the modern world and affect society at all levels, economic, political, social, cultural and individual. During this course you will learn how to look critically at examples from various media such as radio, television and the press. You will also develop the practical skills needed to produce media material. There are a wide range of activities involved in the course and you will develop the ability to work independently and as part of a team. This course is of broad general interest and is also useful for a number of careers.

Entry to the course:

At the discretion of the school/college, but you would normally be expected to have Access 3 Media Studies units or show competence in analysing text. 

Course Outline

The course is made up of three units of work.

Media Analysis: Fiction and Media Analysis: Non-fiction

In these units you will study a wide range of examples of media texts and develop skills in interpreting and analysing these.

Suitable examples of text might include:

cinema film, soap opera, magazine or comic strip stories, lyrics

newspapers, magazines, brochures, advertisements and websites

Media Production

In this unit you will contribute to a group production with a particular audience in mind. The exercise will show you some of the practical issues which professionals have to deal with in various aspects of media production work. You will be involved in researching, planning, making and reviewing a media product which may be in the form of video, audio, print or computer animation. You must undertake both technological work, such as camera operating, and non-technological work such as scriptwriting.

Core Skills

  • Int.1 (SCQF 4) Problem Solving (Critical Thinking, Planning and Organising, Reviewing and Evaluating)
  • Int.1 (SCQF 4) Working With Others


The course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher/ lecturer and an examination set and marked by the SQA.


Successful completion of this course may lead to:

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