Media Studies

Media Studies

What do you think of Childish Gambino’s view of America? How much do the media shape the way you think? This course allows you to study different forms of media whilst producing your own material. Assessment is by coursework and examination.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Media and Film
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 2 years
100% Pass rate of 2019

Media Studies is a different kind of A Level which offers you the opportunity to combine examination assessment (70%) with coursework (30%). Please note, you will study an AS Level in the first year. You will study a range of media texts and formats including: television, print media, advertising, blogging, film, computer games and the popular music industry. You will be encouraged to ask critical questions about how and why media products are constructed, how they represent particular versions of reality and how they influence us, our culture and our lives.

You will be taught through formal lectures, research assignments leading to presentations, small group practical assignments, discussions. In the first year you will study a range of different case studies to introduce you to the key concepts and theories in Media. You will apply these ideas in your coursework practise, writing and production. You will sit two written exams at the end of the second year in June, based on some stimulus material given in the exam, and on essays where you discuss your own case studies from the class.

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What topics will I study?

The WJEC syllabus we use encourages creative work to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the media through your own productions and to develop your own production skills. You could plan and make a horror film trailer, or a new magazine front cover and feature article, a CD or music video.

In the exams, you will be required to demonstrate skills of textual analysis from an unseen moving image and/or print extract; to analyse how people and issues are represented in the media and to explore the values, attitudes and beliefs that underpin them; to think about how texts are targeted at different audiences, to analyse the pleasures of the text and to examine how different people may respond to the same text in different ways.

For coursework at A Level you will produce independent pieces of work, including a written investigation and production pieces. For example, you may choose to research the genre of TV crime drama, and then you write an essay on your findings: what are the generic conventions of TV crime drama? You then apply your findings in a short extract of a new TV Crime Drama, that you write, film and edit yourself and write and evaluation of the completed artefact.

You will:

  • Study a range of video games, TV series, advertising, magazines and radio texts, both old and new
  • Learn production skills to make a music video, magazine or a TV extract
  • Apply analytical and critical skills in discussion and essays

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme.

Next steps: 

You could progress on to university level study, such as Exeter College’s Film and TV Production Foundation Degree.


Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths).

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: In addition, you should have a strong interest in one of the major forms of media.


Media students enjoy the benefits of a purpose built Media and Performing Arts building at the CCI, with a Learning Resources Centre, TV studio and control room and state of the art Apple Mac editing facilities with Final Cut Pro.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click here to view the fees for September 2018.

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