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media studies a level

Media Studies A Level

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Paston College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


You will study the theoretical framework of media - genre, representation, audience, institutions, narrative and language - through critical analysis of media texts and practical production work.
Through the analysis of both contemporary, global and historical media you will appreciate how important the media is in our lives, both as consumers and producers.
Throughout the course you will study nine (9) media forms: television, film, radio, newspaper, magazine, advertising & marketing, online, social & participatory media, video games and music videos.
You will also create a media product, developing practical production skills and using contemporary media technologies. You will be supported by experienced staff and have use of high quality DSLR cameras, Adobe Creative Cloud software, and access to a TV studio.
You are likely to well in this subject if you are interested in the media, not just for their content, but also for the organization/institution and meanings behind them. You will also need to be creative and well-organised to complete your practical work.
Media Studies can be taken with any other subject, but students often choose to combine it with English, Film, Art, Photography, Textiles, Sociology, History, Business Studies, Drama and Psychology.

Why Our College?

Learn from industry experts

You'll learn from expert tutors with extensive industry experience in organisations such as BBC Voices, Archant Media and ITV

Be inspired with trips and visits

You'll enjoy industry focused trips and visits to broaden your horizons, and sharpen your industry skills. Previous trips have included the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, and the British Film Institute

Showcase your work

You'll be able to showcase your work at the annual Paston Film Night

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have five GCSE's at grades A* - C or 9 - 4 including English. Grade C or 4 in GCSE Media Studies if taken.


Assessment is through exams (70% of overall grade) and coursework (30% of overall grade).


The course will support progression to university or study for a professional qualification in a wide range of degrees, including Media Production, Media Studies, Film Studies, Digital Film Production, Television Production, Journalism, Advertising/Marketing, Events & Exhibition Management.

Career Progression

The course will also develop skills in creative media production, collaboration, time management, critical analysis and interpretation, essay writing and debating that can be useful in a wide range of careers. You will also develop skills in using Adobe Creative Cloud software e.g. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign, After Effects, Audition.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop