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Media Studies

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Specific course entry requirements

College entry, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

70% Examination

30% Coursework

What will I study?

You will study a range of print and audio-visual media products, including advertising, television, radio, film, newspapers, magazines, games and online media. The course will enable you to investigate issues around production, audiences and marketing, as well as the artistic and technical aspects of the media. You will become familiar with a number of media theorists and will also learn how to apply theoretical perspectives to specific media products, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of different media theories.

You will develop sophisticated skills in analysing a wide range of media products, and gain an understanding of how visual, written and audio elements are used to create meaning and affect the target audience.

You will also study how different groups are portrayed in the media, and will investigate a number of audience theories. You will build up a wealth of technical terminology, which you will be able to use in your written work; this will contribute to the deeper understanding of the media which you will develop.

For the coursework, you will be able to choose from a range of practical print-based projects, and to follow your own personal interests in the media.

Where will this course lead me?

The majority of our students progress to university each year; many of them take degree courses in Media or related areas, while others use their Media Studies A level to access a wide range of other degree courses.

While many students move into Media related careers such as journalism, public relations and production, the skills and knowledge they develop on the course give them access to a much broader range of potential careers.

Official figures show that Media graduates do very well in the careers market: a Higher Education Statistics Agency survey showed that graduates from Media courses were more successful in finding employment within six months than those from a range of other disciplines.

Media Studies, English Language, English Literature
Student learning

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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