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Media Studies


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How is the course assessed?

Two written exams (2 hours each) – 70% of the A Level 

  • Media one: Advertising, music videos, film, radio and newspapers 

  • Media two: Television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games. 

  • You will cover four areas: Media Language, Media representations, Media audiences and Media industry 

Coursework – creating a cross-media production – 30% of the A Level 

  • You have a choice of 6 briefs 

  • You will be assessed against your knowledge and application of theoretical frameworks 

  • You will need to produce a statement of intent and a cross-media production for an intended audience 

What other subjects compliment this course?

Because the content of A level Media Studies is firmly embedded within cultural, socio-political and economic life, it sits well alongside and supports work in subjects like English literature, History, Sociology and Politics. Analytical skills from subjects such as English language is also beneficial. 

Will studying this subject allow me to go to university? 

Yes, A level Media Studies students can go onto study Media, TV or Film at University as a practical degree, a theoretical degree or a combination of the two. This can lead to a very broad range of professions in media, film andÔÇ»journalism.  

What careers can the subject lead to?

Media studies can lead to a very broad range of professions in media, film andÔÇ»journalism.  

These include:  

  • Presenter 

  • Advertising media buyer 

  • Copywriter 

  • Media researcher 

  • Broadcast journalist 

  • Writer 

  • Social media manager 

  • Producer 

  • PR consultant 

  • Web content manger 

  • Photographer 

  • Political adviser 

  • Editorial assistant 

And so much more. 


Media Studies can also develop a wide range of transferable skills including analysis, visual communication, problem solving, as well as communication, presentation and organisational skills.