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Media A-Level Pathway


Media Studies

Film Studies


Fine Art


English language

English Literature




IT-Application Developer(Level 3 introductory Diploma)

These are just some of the recommended subjects, but other combinations are also available.

Additional Study Skills


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)is a largely self-directed research project into a topic of the student’s choice. You will develop your study skills as you plan, research and develop your idea, creating either a research assignment, a product or an activity (e.g.,an event)as your final piece. The EPQ may also count towards UCAS points.

Core Maths

Core Maths is an exciting course which will help you to use maths in a range of ‘real world’ contexts to prepare for success in your studies, future care and life.

This one-year course will develop your mathematical skills and thinking appropriate for a Level 3 qualification. You will become more confident and competent in using maths and the qualification will be considered for UCAS points if you are planning to study at university in the future.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Work experience examples (skills, sector, employers) Examples might be Radio Derby, The Quad, local newspapers, local marketing companies or marketing departments within local companies.Anything where ‘broadcasting’ information is involved, written, visual and recorded.Networking is key for this industry, so contacts are crucial. Often media can incorporate use of skills so competency and familiarity with these can be useful.Get involved with creating films or blogging and look out for any industry competitions.

Internal and External opportunities:

JWC Magazine
Start your own blog!
Summer Schools,such as the Sutton Trust
Social Media Projects

Skills built from studying these subjects:

These are just some examples ….

  • Teamwork
  • Technical Ability
  • Organisation and Planning
  • Researching
  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication (oral and written)
  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving

Example Career Pathways

These are just some examples


Copy Editor
Digital Copywriter
Web Content Manager
Media Researcher
Technical Author
Public Relations Officer


Digital Marketer
Social Media Manager
Market Researcher
Events Manager
Advertising Copywriter
Media Buyer
Brand Developer

Broadcast Media

TV/Film Camera Operator
TV/Film Production

Information Technology

Web Designer
Video Editor

Next Steps

Some careers in Film and Media do not require Higher Education degrees, however most people who work in Media and Film do have them. Courses do vary, so it is advised that you do check what courses do cover and consider industry requirements.


  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Advertising

Specialist University Information

The Guardian League table


  • Administration
  • Digital Marketing
  • Broadcasting Technician
  • Social Media

Specialist Apprenticeship Information

How to apply and find out more about college courses: