Media Studies
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Media Studies is a challenging subject which encourages you to critically engage with and evaluate a broad range of media texts. Media Studies focuses on how the media – television, film, advertising, radio, magazines, the internet, music and newspapers – affect the way we view the world.

What will I learn?

You will gain practical skills as you learn to produce your own media products, which may include print and video. 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.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


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


Materials and other information

Unique Pre-Professional Programme available in Journalism.

Progression and Careers

You will find many interesting opportunities in the Media industry leading on from this course. Former students have gone on to 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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