Media - 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 PG19
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Media Studies allows you to experience a dynamic and exciting journey covering multiple aspects of 21st Century Media.

There is a strong focus on analysis and creativity, with editing on state-of-the-art Apple Mac machines. The course allows students the opportunity to explore the cultural and societal impact of various media forms with insights into the marketing and industry of media platforms.

This course reflects the growing importance of media studies as a subject. The mix of theoretical and practical work will give you the flexibility to choose topics and interests including video games, radio, television, publishing and film. Lessons will be based in our fantastic and well-equipped media suite


Component 1:

A 2-hour written exam worth 35% of your final grade. The focus is upon news and online media and the media language and representations in magazines, advertising and music videos.

Component 2:

A 2-hour written exam worth 35% of your final grade. Analyse media industries and audiences through radio, video games and film. Analyse the impact and evolution of television in modern society.

Component 3:

Coursework element, worth 30% of your final grade.

Create a cross-media product based on a set brief.

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level.

For new subjects not previously studied at GCSE, for example; Government and Politics, Psychology and Sociology you must have achieved a Grade 5 in English Language. To study Psychology you also need a Grade 5 in Mathematics or be willing to study Core Mathematics. Notwithstanding this, if you are applying to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics you must achieve a minimum of Grade 6 in the respective science at GCSE, or at least 6-6 in the Combined Trilogy Course, as well as (for Biology and Chemistry) a Grade 5 or higher in Mathematics or (for Physics) a Grade 6 at GCSE.

For Further Mathematics A Level you will require a Grade 8 at GCSE Mathematics.

Your next steps...

Further/Higher Education opportunities include Media Production, Information Technology, Design and Social Science.

The course is very popular and is a superb stepping stone to careers in Journalism, Film and Cinematography, Advertising, Sound and Lighting or Photography.