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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 724.00****

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Course Summary

The A-level in Media Studies is a linear qualification studied over two years and has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject alongside other academic qualifications, plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

The Media Studies programme is very much like studying a social science and involves analysing media products such as magazines, films and television programmes.

Throughout the course, you will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. You’ll explore contemporary, diverse topics and varied and engaging content, helping you to develop research and problem-solving skills as well as your own creativity. You’ll also refine your debating skills through the discussion of contemporary issues from a range of perspectives. 

In addition, you will extend your practical skills, building your capacity for independent research, and gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of the role media plays in day-to-day life.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 [C] or above, including English Language at grade 5 [C/B] and Maths at grade 4 [C].  Ideally, you should have a GCSE in Media or a similar creative focused subject at grade 4 [C] or above.  You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in communication arts and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline. You should also have good analytical and reading skills.

Course Content

The A-level Media Studies course content includes an in-depth study of media products in relation to four areas of a theoretical framework:

  • media language
  • media representation
  • media industries
  • media audiences

You will study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)
  • online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)
  • print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing).

You will study at least one example of a media product from each form and undertake at least one cross-media study.

How will I be assessed?

This is a linear qualification in which all assessments must be taken at the end of the course. Work is continually assessed and you will discuss and evaluate your own work. Assessment constitutes:

Component 1: Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media.

  • Written exam: 2 hours 
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of A-level

Component 2: Questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework.

  • Written exam: 2 hours 
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of A-level

Component 3: Non-exam assessment: Creating a media product related to the over-arching theme

  • a statement of intent 
  • cross-media products made for an intended audience
  • 72 marks 
  • 30% of A-level 
  • Assessed by teachers 
  • Moderated by AQA

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

While all equipment required for the course is available for loan from the College, you will be required to provide your own stationery and SD card.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Following successful completion of the A-level in Media Studies, it is expected that you will have achieved the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to a related university degree.

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Ryan Horsnall

Ryan Horsnall

First Response Finance sponsor BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership

Ryan was involved with First Response Finance as part of their work with Derby College's Employer and Skills Academy and applied for an apprenticeship.
The company is sponsoring Ryan to complete a BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. He previously studies Maths, Business and Chemistry A levels at the Joseph Wright Centre. 
Ryan said "I have the best of both worlds – working in a paid job and then gaining a degree and it has made my studies so much easier as I can relate the university work to the work environment."
“I am currently working in a sales support role which I love and at the end of my degree I will see where I want my career to take me with the company.I get the opportunity to blend academic learning and work experience where I can convert my learning at University into real business situations.
First Response Finance have been involved in the Employer Skills Academies and has now teamed up with Derby College to launch the First Response Business and Finance Academy - offering students at Derby College the chance to follow in Ryan's footsteps.


At Derby College I was taught a lot of skills such as target setting that has helped me be organised and realistic with work and learning.

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