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Media Studies A Level

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


You will study the framework of media - representation, audience, industries and media language -?through careful analysis of media products and through practical production work. You will also discuss, apply and evaluate key media theorists and their ideas/arguments.
Through the analysis of both contemporary, global and historical media you will appreciate how important the media is in our lives, both as consumers and producers.
Throughout the course you will study nine (9) media forms: television, film, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertising & marketing, online, social & participatory media, video games and music videos.
You will also?create a media product (coursework), developing practical production skills and using contemporary media technologies.? You will be supported by experienced staff and have use of high quality DSLR cameras and supporting equipment and Adobe Creative Cloud software e.g. Premiere Pro, InDesign, Photoshop.
An interest in and engagement with the media, for example television, radio, news, advertising, film, participatory media,?music videos, as well as a creative appreciation of using technology to produce media products is important for you to get the most out of this course.
You are likely to do well in this subject if you are interested in the media, not just for their content, but also for the organization/institution and meanings behind them. An interest in analysing how meaning is constructed in media products, and the academic ideas and arguments surrounding this is beneficial. You will also need to be creative and well-organised to complete your practical work.
Media Studies can be taken with any other subject, but students often choose to combine it with English, Film, Art, Photography, Textiles, Sociology, Politics, History, Business Studies, Drama and Psychology.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a grade 5 in GCSE English Language. Students do not need to have completed GCSE Media, however if it has been taken, a minimum of a Grade 5 should have been achieved.
Applicants should also meet the overall Sixth Form entry requirements


Assessment is through exams (70% of overall grade) and coursework (30% of overall grade). The exams are at the end of Year 2, as this is a linear course.


The course will support progression to university or study for a professional qualification in a wide range of degrees, including Media Production, Media Studies, Film Studies, Digital Film Production, Television Production, Journalism, Advertising/Marketing, Events & Exhibition Management.

Career Progression

The course will also develop skills in creative media production, collaboration, time management, critical analysis and interpretation, essay writing and debating that can be useful in a wide range of careers. You will also develop skills in using Adobe Creative Cloud software e.g. Premiere Pro, InDesign, Photoshop.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop

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