Media Studies

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media, developing critical thinking and the ability to create exciting and dynamic media products.  Media Studies is highly compatible with many other subjects in the post-16 curriculum, as it provides training in independent and critical thinking analysis.


During this two year course, students will study a contemporary, accessible and creative course, which will allow them to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating their own media productions. Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of both global and historical media. 

Media products 

Learners will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products. Media products encompass Long Form TV Drama, the Radio One Breakfast Show and Minecraft. Learners will use aspects of the theoretical framework to analyse and evaluate their own cross-media productions. 

Media in a digital age 

Learners will explore and analyse the ideas and arguments from debates about the media. These debates will be drawn from:  

• an historical perspective • the digital age • global media.

Making media 

Learners will practically explore the creation of three linked media products in a cross-media production. 

Media forms 

Throughout this course, learners will study nine different media forms. These are: 

 • television • film • radio • newspapers • magazines • advertising and marketing • online, social and participatory media • video games • music videos.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Literature or English Language or a Grade 6 in GCSE Media Studies if studied in Key Stage 4. 

Your next steps...

The course leads to qualifications recognised by the media industry and opens up opportunities for future employment in this sector.  Media Studies is an excellent foundation for further study of Media in Higher Education.