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Media Studies

A level

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. During the course, there will be an analysis of examples of a range of media texts, from music videos to video games. Much of the time will be spent working with others in both making and researching media products

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

Year 1

You will learn how to shoot and edit video. You will work on projects in both groups and individually, creating an original print and video media using professional editing programs.


Year 2

You will explore a wide range of media, including advertising, magazines, music videos, video games and film. 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.


  • 70% exam
  • 30% coursework

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.

Is it for me?

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.
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