Media Studies A Level

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This exciting course offers the opportunity to study a range of areas within the media industry. It is an extremely contemporary subject and allows students to combine practical production elements with the theoretical study of a wide range of media topics.

The nature of this course provides an opportunity for individual interpretation of current media within the assessment parameters, thus permitting a dynamic and accessible course of study covering this rapidly growing subject area.

You will develop both analytical and critical thinking skills throughout the course. You will be shown how to apply academic theory to a range of media texts and products. Learners will be shown how to decode meaning from a diverse range of historical and contemporary texts. You will also be shown production skills in print, digital and moving image platforms using the latest industry standard software.

The Media & Film room is now a bespoke production office.  Students are encouraged to loan equipment and develop their own creative style.  We have a range of camera kits, which are used for different years. As students progress, they will have access to more complex kits.  We have two sets of high-spec, iMac computers and Final Cut editing software for digital image editing. The course balances theoretical and practical approaches to provide a rich and inclusive curriculum.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 GCSE in English. If Media was taken at GCSE, a grade 5 is required.

Future opportunities

Media Studies is an ideal vehicle to study Media, Film, Journalism or Communications at University. The subject complements a range of University subjects in its teaching of critical thinking, academic theory and evaluative discussion. Alternatively, students can progress into work in the media industry through one of the many apprenticeships available in this field.The industry is one of the fastest growing in the UK and opportunities for employment are at a record high.

Course Content & Assessment

Course Content

  • Media language - the signs and symbolic meaning created in media texts
  • Audiences - how audiences are categorised, targeted and involved in media products
  • Media Industries - the changing nature of media institutions
  • Representations - how and why different social groups are represented in the media
  • Contexts - how social, historical, political, cultural contexts shape media content
  • Production - moving image, print and online

The course covers the following platforms:  Radio, Television, Newspapers, Advertising/Marketing, Film, Computer games, Magazines, Websites & Music Videos.


30% coursework and 70% exam


Acting Subject Leader Miss A Ellershaw
  Mr I Holmes - KS5 Director of Achievement
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