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Media Studies (A Level)

Media Studies is a vast subject area which includes studying media disciplines both new and old. A Level Media Studies will introduce you to many different media and encourage theoretical considerations across all platforms studied.

Media language, audience reception, representation and media industries are just some of the theories you will learn about. A Level Media Studies allows you to question the validity of the information you receive on a daily basis and be aware of bias within the media, so that by the end of the two-year period you should have an even better understanding of the world we live in.

You will also have the opportunity to consolidate your learning into a creative cross-media project within your chosen media platform.

Future Opportunities

A Level Media Studies students can go on to 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 and journalism.

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

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4 or equivalent. Minimum of Grade 5 in English Language or Literature. It is an essay-based subject and suits students who have flourished in subjects like English Literature or History.

A strong and critical interest in the media is essential for doing well in A Level Media Studies but it is not necessary to have studied Media at GCSE.

What will I study?

You will study a wide range of different media, including:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Newspapers
  • Film Industry
  • Radio
  • Video Games
  • Music Videos
  • TV
  • Print
  • Online Magazines and Online Media.

A level Media Studies centres around applying an analytical framework (media language, audience, representation and context) which you learn through discussion, analysis and debating. You will develop a range of technical skills required for both constructing and deconstructing media products.

You will be expected to think independently and to develop your own voice, and you will be encouraged to expand your knowledge outside of the classroom through reading and through engaging with a wide range of Media texts.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams (70% of A Level) and coursework (30% of A Level).