MEDIA STUDIES

A LEVEL

We spend huge parts of our life consuming Media.  It surrounds us all the time and we use it for all kinds of different and varied reasons.  Media Studies teaches you to develop critical perspectives on what you watch, read, listen to, or play every day.  It encourages you to reflect on why texts appeal and what purpose they serve in our daily lives.

During the course you will analyse a wide variety of different texts, considering key concepts like genre and narrative.  You will study representation and stereotyping through the way that various groups and people are depicted.  You will consider audience theory – whether audiences are passive or active and the implications that this creates.

You will also spend time producing Media and gaining practical skills in the use of a variety of Media software packages.  You will have considerable choice over the direction of this production and be able to target it towards your own areas of interest or expertise.

Career Path

  • Television/film/radio production
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Social Media sales and marketing
  • Graphic design
  • Video game production and design
  • Copywriting

More than just a course

The course offers very varied subject matter and crosses all areas of the Media.  It offers the chance to develop software skills in packages used by industry professionals, developing promotion and audience-targeting skills that are key to all businesses.

Unique Features

  • Allows students the freedom to choose coursework focus: film industry, music industry, advertising, etc.
  • Offers options in print media and moving image production.
  • Variety of software available for use: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator; Microsoft Office; iMovie, etc.
  • Key skills for university developed, such as independent research and academic essay writing.
  • Develops understanding of a wide range of media texts and industries.

Entry Requirements

The traditional A Level pathway for those who may be thinking of University, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, covering a wide range of subject areas. These must include English Language and Maths.  Two of the subjects should be a grade 6.

‘I have loved every aspect that the course has offered and the teaching has been in such informative and exciting detail.  Everything has been well-planned, with well-designed booklets which make information easy to learn and revise.

When I leave college and go onto studying Game Design, I will continue to hold close the theories and skills I have learnt.  Fantastic teaching and the perfect experience.’
Sam Bryant

‘Arrived in London last night, all settled and safe, went out last night and I already love it! Thanks for everything, wouldn’t be here without your help!’
Josh Sheldon

Currently studying Media at Goldsmiths, University of London