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Media Studies

A level

As new media and digital technologies become more prevalent in our society, we must ask ourselves: who makes media? Why do they make it? And how does it affect us?

You will find the answers to these questions by studying a range of media industries including newspapers, television, film, videogames and music videos. You will explore key debates and issues that arise in each industry from a variety of different perspectives. Not only will you learn how to decode and break down media products, but you will challenge their morals, messages and ideas. Ultimately you will form your own unique point of view; considering a media product from a range of perspectives, debating with your classmates and learning to be critical of everything you see, read and hear.

You will get hands-on using a range of industry-level software to create your own music video and an accompanying piece of magazine journalism. You will become familiar with our extensive equipment as you film, shoot and edit a range of projects including short films, a whole class newspaper and individual and group magazines.

Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to meet visiting speakers and showcase your work at the end of year exhibition at the Picturehouse Cinema.

Complementing a wealth of careers and higher education paths, our Media Studies course is especially well suited to those students wishing to pursue careers in journalism, marketing, promotion, product design or photography.

Course Content

From the internet to television, music to video games, much of our waking lives are dominated by consuming, talking about and using the media. This course seeks to broaden and deepen your understanding of the media and the role that it plays in society.

You will learn how media products are made, and the complicated techniques they use in order to target and influence their audiences.

You will also explore the more controversial aspects of media, including the precise techniques the media may influence or even manipulate audiences.

During the course there will be analysis of examples of a range of media texts, from music videos to video games.

There is no requirement to have studied Media at GCSE, but students with a genuine love of media, be it TV, online media or advertising will typically hit the ground running.

Year 1

You will be introduced to the basics of media studies: who makes media, why, and how? You will explore a range of media, including advertising, film, magazines, news media and the music industry. Additionally, you will learn how to shoot and edit video. You will work on projects in both groups and individually, creating a professional quality music video using professional editing programs.

Year 2

This year steps it up a gear. After completing a magazine linked to the music video you completed in first year, you will analyse a further range of media, including the TV industry, online media, videogames and radio. You will not only explore how media is constructed but also how audiences interact with the media. You will learn how producers target audiences and market texts, as well as the various theories and concepts that shape modern media. This year will see even more opportunity for debate, and you will see your knowledge and understanding of how and why media is created progress to the next level.


  • 70% Exam
  • 30% Coursework
  • Exam Board: WJEC

Special Features

Visits from industry professionals, cinema trips and exhibitions of student work at the Arts Picturehouse Cinema in Cambridge form an important part of the course.

You will be taught by a team of passionate professionals who not only have excellent technical skills, but genuinely want to share their love of media.

You will enjoy and benefit from Media if you:

  • are interested in the way that media shapes the world in which we live;
  • would like to explore the way that media are used to express a range of themes, issues and ideologies
  • would like to look at the practical side of media as well as the underlying theory.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Media Studies if taken

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

Media at this level, in combination with other courses, can lead to a range of careers, including journalism, education, photography, graphic design, social work and any role that requires a keen analytical mind.

Some examples of degrees being taken by students who recently completed their studies are…

  • Media Production at the University of Derby,
  • Visual Effects and Motion Graphics at Brunel University,
  • Moving Image at Brighton University,
  • Television Production at University for the Creative Arts.
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