Media Studies

Key Stage






Single Award

Valid for

2018 - 2020






Performing and Creative Arts

Course Content & Assessment

This is a subject you will already know a lot about. We aim to build on your experiences as spectators, consumers and fans to explore the complex relationships between institutions, audiences and texts to try to answer questions about the functions, messages and values of media products within our society. Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject; the media saturates everything we do in the developed world. It's extremely hands-on; you will interact with modern technology in lots of ways, using all the customary IT programs such as word processing and presentation software as well as video editing and image manipulation software such Photoshop. Media Studies is an A-Level subject that is totally in touch with the real world. It gives you the opportunity to learn and work in an environment where your individual analytical and creative skills are developed fully. Whether or not you choose a career in the media industry, you will find it a stimulating course and a rewarding qualification.

Media Studies offers learners the chance to study theories and ideas about Media alongside the creation of practical coursework.

The exam component offers a choice of stimulating and engaging set texts from three contrasting media forms: Television, Magazines and Online media. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis, and, demonstrate a critical approach to media issues. The course will develop your appreciation and critical understanding of the in addition to its role historically and currently in society and culture. You will study the dynamic relationships between media forms, products, media industries and audiences.

The course will also consider the global nature of the media and apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology to analyse media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed. Through the course you will engage in critical debate about academic theories used in media studies and learn to appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to show your learning in creative and practical activities to develop your production skills in more sophisticated and effective ways.

Practical Coursework allows learners to creatively apply their theoretical knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audience to an original media production. This production will be planned and produced independently. Learners will be offered a choice of set briefs to enable them to explore their interests and develop skills in a specific area of media.

Two exams (70%):
Component 1: Media Products, Industries & Audiences (35%)
Component 2: Understanding Media Forms & Products (35%)
Coursework (30%)

Entry Criteria
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature or C Grade in GCSE Media Studies.

Useful Supporting Courses
Film, History, Fine Art, Graphics, English Language, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and Ethics, Business Studies, IT and Law.

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 5 in Media Studies
Route B: GCSE Grade 5 in English Language

Media Studies is obviously an ideal choice for students wishing to take a media-related degree at university or wishing to find a job in one of the fields of the media. Media Studies has a substantial academic content and is an acceptable A-Level for a large number of degree courses. The creative and digital media sector is growing faster every day and the prospects and apprenticeships available to school leavers are becoming ever more exciting and varied