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Media Studies

Media Studies is a creative and interesting subject to explore, focusing on both new and traditional technologies such as TV, radio and press.

Through the study of genre, narrative, audience and representation, you'll develop your understanding of the media and its importance in the world today.

By studying Media Studies, you'll enhance your ability to analyse key media concepts and platforms, investigate and debate media and produce work according to your own interests.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

You will study a wide range of media aspects which includes genre, narrative, audience and representation.

In addition, you will explore various media texts from television and print to web and film, developing your understanding of the media and it's importance in the world today.

You will have the opportunity to produce a media project using industry standard equipment, which may be a print production (magazine production, advertisement campaign) or a video production (film trailer, music video).

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of examinations and practical assessments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

An A level in Media Studies will create a broad range of career opportunities.

You may choose to progress on to University Centre St Helens, studying our HND in Creative Media Production or apply to other universities.

You may choose to secure a successful career in TV, film, journalism, marketing or the design industries.

Additional Information

You will not be expected to buy any media equipment for this A level as St Helens College will provide this.

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Why study A levels with us?

Route to University

A levels are a more traditional, direct route to university.

Competitive Edge

You'll show that you're capable of thinking at an advanced level.

Tailored Subjects

You'll combine three subjects to help prepare you for your future.

Develop Skills

You’ll develop crucial research and communication skills.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications.

Earn and Learn

Progress onto a higher apprenticeship to earn and learn.