Media Studies

Course Summary:

A Media Studies student will become an accomplished academic and will gain an in-depth understanding of a range of approaches that provide the opportunity to engage with and reflect upon various media forms. Students often point to the unique challenge that the subject offers and the new and exciting ways they get to learn and explore new concepts and theories.

During production work, the high level academic skills acquired in the examined modules, help further develop an appreciation of how the modern media operates and provide a keen insight in terms of how it shapes us and how we might respond to it. Filmmaking lies at the heart of both AS and A2 courses and students learn how to pre-produce, film, edit and post produce as part of the process. Creativity and a desire to experiment with the form are key to being successful and students very much enjoy the freedom they are given to help them secure the highest possible grades. Finished production pieces are polished, evocative and visually impressive.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Bangor University – History with Journalism
  • Leeds Beckett University – Music Production and Performance
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Multimedia Journalism
  • Students progress to a broad array of institutions inlcuding Russell Group Universities

Career destinations:

  • Public Relations
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism

Entry Requirements:

As well as the standard entry requirements for A Level study, it is necessary to have achieved at least a grade 4 in English Language GCSE to equip you for the challenge of the course writing skills!

Assessment Method:

70% of the course will be examined by two external examinations.

30% will be assessed through the ‘Creating Media’ component which is coursework based. This production work will give you the opportunity to develop lots of new technical skills and develop your creative talents.

Student Case Studies:

Calum Knight

Calum Knight

“I chose to study this subject because I want to go in to media as a career – writing music reviews and/or producing and editing music. I have enjoyed the creative elements of the course such as having the freedom to express myself through different types of media and the chance to be creative in coursework.We had to plan a music video in year 12 which was perfect for me as I’m really in to music. When I leave College I’m planning to go on to university to study a media/journalism course.”