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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 724.00****

Interview: Y

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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Former Travel and Tourism student Evie Wisniewska was inspired to aim high by her teachers at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College so much so that she is working at managerial level early in her career.
Evie, a former pupil at Merrill Academy,came to the UK from Poland with her family when she was 12 and the initial language barrier took its toll on her confidence and self belief. She enrolled on the Travel and Tourism study programme at the Roundhouse and was initially unsure if this was something she wanted to do. 
However, her teacher took the time to motivate her to achieve her potential and inspired her to aim for higher education. Evie also embraced the work experience opportunities organised through her College study programme at Jury’s Inn and Alter Rock climbing centre in Derby which gave her a valuable insight into various aspects of the tourism industry.
She then progressed onto the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and graduated with a BA Hons First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management before working at Skills Coaches as the Business Development Officer.
Evie is now working as Operations Manager at The Stay Company in the city where she is responsible for the marketing, letting and upkeep of the apart-hotel development of 29 high quality serviced apartments. 
“The work experience I gained at both college and university has greatly prepared me for the world of work and to gain a managerial job with wide responsibilities so early in my career.
“At The Stay Company I am able to use my creative, financial, analytical and customer service skills in this role and my goal is to progress with The Stay Company as it expands across the East Midlands.”

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.

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