Media Studies is both a theoretical and creative practical course, in which you will learn about media texts, audiences and institutions in relation to the magazine, television, film, advertising and multi-media industries.
You will study a range of media texts produced by the above industries such as advertisements, news articles, computer games, magazines and films. You will also explore media issues and media representations, and, in year two, develop your understanding of these and other areas such as media regulation and censorship, new technologies and textual construction, as well as an individual research project. You will also create your own media product such as creating a magazine for students, a promotional campaign for a film or a music video.
Studying Media will enable you to:
5 GCSEs at A* - C. Must include English Language and Mathematics. Attendance at an A Level information event.
A combination of coursework and exams. Examinations for A level take place at the end of two years of study and after 1 year for AS level.
Media Studies can be studied at university degree level and may lead to careers in the media, including television and radio, journalism, teaching, publishing, advertising, law, business, computing and design. It is a respected subject in its own right, but it is an excellent complement to AS Level English, psychology, sociology, politics, history and art and design.
Will this subject suit me?
The ideal student would be creative, interested in the media and take an interest in current affairs, and contemporary culture. The course is ideal for students who want to develop their skills in writing, design, photography and film. You will enjoy the intellectual challenge the subject entails, enjoy reading and be prepared to grapple with abstract concepts.
Personal study time:
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self- directed research as well. Students will receive effective feedback, guidance and help from their tutors.