This subject offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of media, using key concepts and a variety of critical perspectives to support critical exploration and reflection, analysis and debate. The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the specification, offering opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms. Through studying media products holistically in relation to all key concepts, learners will engage with the dynamic relationships between media products, media industries and audiences. Learners will also consider established media forms alongside more contemporary forms, developing an awareness of the relationship between media forms and online platforms.
The A level Media Studies course is made up of 4 units. Investigating Media; Creating a Media Production; Media in the Global Age; Creating a Cross-Media Production.
The content is stimulating, relevant, and accessible to a wide range of learners, ensuring both breadth and depth to the study of the media. The structure allows students to provide extended responses and demonstrate their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding across the full course of study.
A minimum of a grade 4 in English GCSE
Due to its relevance in modern society, Media studies can lead to a range of careers, many of which are still in their infancy. Students who study Media Studies A level can move into television and film production, print media and marketing. This qualification is also a very good facilitating subject which works well with a whole range of other subjects. Most companies engage in using the media to advertise or raise awareness and students with this qualification have a fantastic basis from which to work.