Media Studies A Level

Course Overview

Our lives have become dominated by screens. What advantages do they present us? And what problems? In an ever-changing world, the ability to analyse the messages, values, and ideologies inherent in the media has become ever more important. From how online and social media targets its audience, how television shows construct compelling, challenging narratives, to how the news media manipulates its audiences, you will fully engage with a range of issues and perspectives surrounding the media. 

In A Level Media Studies, you will focus on textual analysis, representations of people and places, how audiences are influenced, and how media industries are structured. Media Studies is, at its heart, the practice of ‘breaking down’ media products to work out exactly how they were made, why they were made, and for who they were made. To explore this, you will learn a whole new vocabulary, which will change your perspective forever on how media works, and how it influences the world, for better and for worse!

In addition to the theoretical, discussion-based work completed in the classroom, you will also create media products. This is a very hands-on subject, and you must be prepared to approach a wide range of often challenging ideas and difficult concepts. 

Throughout your time on the course, you will study advertising and marketing, newspapers, video games, music video, radio, and film marketing; exploring magazines, television and online media in significant detail. Finally, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your creative abilities; producing a full-length music video you shoot yourself for an existing song, as well as a tie-in magazine excerpt that promotes your work, learning how to shoot and edit footage to create a compelling, unique project.

Ultimately, Media Studies is ideal for students who love engaging with media and want to take their passion to the next level.

Year 1 Modules

  • Advertising
  • Film Marketing
  • Newspapers
  • Radio
  • Videogames
  • Music marketing
  • Music video production
  • Creating a newspaper and a short thriller film

Year 2 Modules

  • Magazine production
  • Television
  • Magazines
  • Online media
  • Creating a supplementary magazine project
  • Shooting an ident/opening for a new TV show

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Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 5 including:
    • Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
    • Grade 5 in GCSE Media or Merit in Media Level 2 if taken


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


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Why choose this course?

With its focus on both theoretical analysis and practical, hands-on media production, A Level Media Studies is an excellent choice for students who prefer a combination of exam-based and project-based assessment.

Most importantly, students who take a keen interest in media, including using online media, engaging in video games, reading newspapers or watching television, tend to both enjoy and be successful in this subject.

Students are encouraged to use our extensive equipment to shoot and edit their own projects outside of lessons. Workshops are run covering advanced A Level media theory.

Previous and planned visiting speakers have included university lecturers and industry professionals. Previous trips have included visits to universities and cinema screenings, including screenings of student’s video projects.

Skills you'll gain

A Level Media Studies develops a variety of skills, including analysis, presenting a detailed argument, interpersonal relationships, project work, the ability to debate and discuss, and writing for a specific audience.

Additionally, students will learn how to film using a camera, and will edit using Lightroom, Photoshop, Premier Pro, and, in some cases, After Effects.

After Long Road

A Level Media Studies is a robust academic subject that leads to a number of progression routes.

Students studying A Level Media Studies have gone on to study:

  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Journalism
  • English
  • Sociology

Universities that our students have attended include Nottingham Trent, Lincoln and UEA.

 I am aiming for a career in journalism, and this course will help me to understand the industry. I can relate to the topics we study, and my teacher is very attentive and caring towards us, which makes the lessons easier and more enjoyable.