A-Level Media

Is the media taking over the world? Who really controls the media? How will the media change the world? Media Studies is a vibrant subject which has a real relevance to the world we live in. Media Studies explores contemporary media issues in both a theoretical and practical context. 

“Don’t hate the media, become the media.” Jello Biafra 

Entry requirements

Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE alongside a grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics. Students with either English and/or Mathematics at grade 4 or below will have individual meetings to determine the most suitable pathway within sixth form.

Course description

Students will initially develop key skills needed for media analysis: construction of audiences; how to analysis lm, TV, print and e-media; the power of media corporations and the ideas which underpin all media products.

The second half of the course focuses on practical production. Here students can specialise and work to their own interests: lm, broadcast, print, advertisement, web design and radio. Students will be working to real-life briefs and deadlines – preparing them for the real media world.

Students who study Media typically can go onto the following:

  • University: Many Media Studies students gain places at prestigious universities to study both practical and theoretical media.
  • Industry: Students have gone on to work for
a range of leading media industries in lm,
TV and social media. Further Careers in Media Studies can include: journalism, production, graphic design, web design, media and copyright law, editor, broadcaster, lm technician.
  • Freelance User Generated ContentMany students are inspired to continue creating their own media production after the course and have contributed a range of media products to online institutions. 


  • 50% of the course is internally assessed through controlled assessment.
  • 50% of the course is externally assessed through examinations. Preparation will include exploring a range of media texts, applying media concepts and theories and articulating critical perspectives on media issues and debates.
  • Media Studies A Level has retained AS levels at present.

Ways to help my child succeed

  • Ensure your child has a wide experience of different media texts and products. They should have a strong understanding of current affairs and contemporary issues in the news. access to a pc or tablet device is also useful.



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