Media Studies

Course Details

Qualification: Media Studies Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language. Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

Media Studies is a challenging subject which encourages you to critically engage with and evaluate a broad range of media texts.

Wherever we turn, we are surrounded by all types of media. Media Studies focuses on how the media – television, film, advertising, radio, magazines, the Internet, music and newspapers – affect the way we view the world. You will learn important transferable skills such as problem solving, group work and critical analysis. You will also gain practical skills, as you learn to produce videos, TV programmes and advertisements. Media is the most powerful industry in the world and this course is both challenging and thought provoking. If you enjoy subjects that have both a theoretical and a practical side and involve high levels of creativity and analysis, you will enjoy Media Studies.


MS1: Media Representations and Responses
MS2: Media Production Processes
MS3: Media Investigation and Production
MS4: Media: Text, Industry and Audience

Assessment is 50% coursework and 50% examination.

Trips will include the Warner Brothers Studio Harry Potter Tour in London, as well as trips to the Cornerhouse in Manchester, The National Media Museum and study days delivered by experts in the field.

We have Apple Mac suites with industry standard software for video production, as well as a photography studio with a full lighting rig.


Students spend at least ten weeks of the year researching, writing, producing and editing a video, to demonstrate their understanding of the theory.

Trips will include the Warner Brothers Studio Harry Potter Tour in London, as well as trips to the Cornerhouse in Manchester, The National Media Museum and study days delivered by experts in the field.

Media industries are the fastest growing in the UK, and therefore you will find many interesting opportunities leading on from this course.

Former students have gone onto study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, the University of Glasgow, the University of Salford and King’s College, London.

They are studying exciting and rewarding degree programmes such as Contemporary Film and Video, Broadcast Journalism, Information Technology for the Creative Industries, Television Production, Television, Radio and Media, Culture and Society, as well as English Literature, Publishing and History.

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