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Media Studies

Media Studies
Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Grade 6 at GCSE in English Language or Literature recommended.

Course Content

This linear GCE specification requires students to develop a theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

  • Media language: how the media communicates meaning through their forms, codes and conventions, and techniques.
  • Representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups.
  • Media Industries: how production, distribution and circulation are linked to and affect media forms and platforms.
  • Audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences. How audiences might interpret and respond to different media forms and how audiences may themselves become producers.
  • In addition, the media studies course requires students to develop their own moving image practical skills throughout the course. They will be required to use their own creativity applying the theoretical knowledge to practical tasks in preparation for the coursework unit.

Style Of Assessment

70% exam:

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences (35%)
Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth (35%)
30% Coursework: Cross-media production involving moving image work.

Whose kind of course?

The course is suited to students who are interested in all areas of the media. The specification covers advertising, music video, news, television, magazines, websites, video games and radio.

Students that enjoy learning through a practical and creative approach may be interested in studying media studies. It will also interest anyone who may wish to pursue a career in the media or in a communication based field.

This subject complements the skills required in English Language and Literature and humanities-based subjects that require an analytical approach to course content.

Career Prospects

All aspects of the media industry including advertising, journalism, publishing, television and film production, radio, publishing and communication based roles.