If you're interested in how the media influences and shapes the way we think about and react to the world we live in, then A level media studies may be for you. You don't need to have studied media at GCSE, though you should have a critical interest in media and good essay writing skills. The course complements subjects such as English Language or literature, history and modern languages as well as social science subjects such as politics, psychology and sociology. It's useful for a variety of media related jobs and courses but will also give you transferable skills such as communication, creativity and analytical thinking that can be used in a range of careers.
Media Studies allows students to view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. You’ll find contemporary, diverse topics and varied and engaging content, helping you to develop research and problem-solving skills as well as your creativity. You will also refine your debating skills through the discussion of contemporary issues from a range of perspectives.
This course is a combination of analysing theory and developing creative media industry skills. You'll engage in critical debate on academic theories of media ideas alongside developing a real understanding of media platforms and the influential role of the media in society. You'll explore the way the media construct versions of reality through newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media as well as in advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games. You'll look at the ways media companies operate and target audiences and how new technology is impacting regulation of the industry. You'll become proficient in the use of IT software and equipment for creating your own media products in either audio, visual, digital publishing or web design formats.
Grade 5 in either English Language or Literature OR a Grade 4 in either English Language or Literature with a grade 5 GCSE pass in one of the following: Art, Photography, ICT, Design and Technology AND/OR OR BTEC iMedia.
You could move on to a Media Studies or related degree such as journalism, marketing, TV/radio/film, advertising or public relations course. There are apprenticeship opportunities in broadcasting and journalism and junior roles in marketing. You'll have transferable skills including: analysis, visual communication, problem solving, presentation and organizational skills as well as technical skills such as using Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro which are useful in a range of non-media careers.