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Media Studies (A-level)

Studying Media Studies is very much like studying a social science and involves analysing media products like magazines, films, and television programmes. In addition to developing practical skills, you will also learn how to construct media products by yourself or with other people.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

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Course Information for Students

The Media Studies programme is very much like studying a social science and involves analysing media products such as magazines, films and television programmes.  You will also develop practical skills, enabling you to construct media products on your own or within a group.

If you are interested in studying A-level Media Studies, you may also be interested in our additional pathways, UAL Level 3 Creative Media Moving Image and Audio Production or UAL Level 3 Creative Digital Multi Media. All A-level applicants are encouraged to research alternative pathways before accepting their offer to study A-levels

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

A GCSE in Media Studies is not a pre-requisite. However, if you have studied it, a grade 5 is required.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

For the examined unit, Investigating Media, you will analyse a piece of media in the exam, as well as answering general questions on the media.  For the coursework unit, Creating Media, you will produce two interlinked media products.

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.

Whilst 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.

At AS Level, you will complete one examined unit and one coursework unit. Each is worth 50% of the overall AS grade.

To progress to A2 Level, you must achieve a minimum of grade D or above on the AS Level.  With the right grades and combination of A-levels, you can go on to study university degrees in a range of media subjects such as film, television and journalism or you can pursue a media-related career.

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Archivists, Conservators and Curators


Archivists, Conservators and Curators

Purchasing Managers and Directors


Purchasing Managers and Directors

Photographers, Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators


Photographers, Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators

Arts Officers, Producers and Directors


Arts Officers, Producers and Directors

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Maryn Ewoma

Fashion photographer Martyn working with global brands

I was definitely inspired by my graphics lecturers at Derby College. They told us about exhibitions that were on nearby, such as in Leicester and Nottingham, and because they knew their industry so well, they were able to tell us about the opportunities it presented. Before I came to college for A levels, I had no idea such careers even existed.

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 3:33 pm