Why Study Media Studies at A Level? – The main reasons are:

  • Production work that allows you to be creative and innovative.
  • Develops analytical skills focusing on the audiences, representations and issues with the media.
  • Develops creativity and thinking skills.
  • Opportunities to investigate issues and areas that interest you.
  • It is interesting and engaging.
  • It is challenging.

What about career opportunities?

People who have studied Media Studies have gone on to careers in the following areas: journalism, publishing, media and television, film production, broadcasting, advertising and market research.

How long does the course last?

The A Level course lasts for 2 years.

What are the subject requirements?

Ideally you need  a GCSE 6 in English Language; however, if you have GCSE5 and a willingness to work hard and do your best, then you may be welcomed on to the course.

What are the necessary skills to do well in this course?

This course will suit people who are keen to develop their knowledge of the media and society. It will also suit people who wish to develop their analytical skills and their ability to ask questions in order to challenge what they see or hear in the media. It would suit students who wish to enhance their creativity and knowledge of media. This course will also suit people who enjoy discussion activities, analysing film, television and print media, and working in groups for linked production tasks. Likewise, the course will suit people who are able to work independently on their own projects and research.

What are career opportunities in the future?

People who have studied Media Studies have gone on to careers in the following areas: journalism, publishing, media and television, film production, broadcasting, advertising and market research.

Why study Media?

• Production work that allows you to be creative and innovative.
• Develops analytical skills focusing on the audiences, representations and issues with the media.
• Develops creativity and thinking skills.
• Opportunities to investigate issues and areas that interest you.
• It is interesting and engaging.
• It is challenging.

What will I study?

This is a linear course with the exams being in the summer of the second year. throughout the 2 year course  you will study a range of media theories and concepts over a variety of media platforms that link specifically to exam focused texts and briefs. This course will require further independent reading on a variety of theories and debates, such as gender issues, structuralism an dpost-modernism and apply them to the set media texts studied. You will also be required to complete coursework that will consist of a cross-media production (production across 2 platforms) based on a brief supplied by the exam board. There are 2 exams worth a total of 70% and coursework work a total of 30% of the A Level.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media 2 hr 15 min exam 35%

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth 2 hr 30 min exam 35%

Component 3: Cross-Media Production Coursework 30%

How much work is involved?

As with any A level qualification you will be required to do on average six hours of private study each week. This will include completing tasks such as undertaking research and preparations for productions tasks, and completing detailed analysis on media concepts and platforms.

How can Media Studies help me to get to University?

Media Studies can be seen as a cross-curricular subject, as it ‘dips’ into many areas such as Sociology, Communication Studies and even Psychology.