Media Studies, A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code SS24
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you are interested in how television, newspapers, films, magazines, computer games, social media and the internet influence and shape the way the world we live in, then A level Media Studies may be for you!

Media Studies allows students to view and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms.


We look closely and seriously at a range of media products such as television crime dramas, music videos and magazines. To do so, we apply theories about the media (sociological, psychological, and political) and debate the theories’ usefulness and relevance today. For example, we look at the ownership of newspapers and the impact that might have on the news we are receiving; and we look at how gender and ethnicity are represented in video games.

As well as studying media products, students have the opportunity to make their own. This means that students apply their knowledge of media products studied in the course to their own creative work.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment is through a combination of two examinations at the end of the course (70%) and a coursework component involving the creation of media products (30%). Continuous assessment will be used to inform the students progression in Year 13 and their registration for the A Level exam.


Entry requirements

Grade 5 in either English Language or English Literature 

Your next steps...

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 the following: analysis, visual communication, problem solving, presentation and organizational skills as well as technical skills such as using creative media software.