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.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Drama and Theatre and A level Sociology.

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?

Media is constantly changing as audiences today have access to a huge number of channels that enable us to receive news, advertising and entertainment. With this you will study a wide range of media aspects which include:

  • Media in context
  • Language
  • Representation
  • Media industries
  • Audiences

In addition, you will explore various media texts from television and print to web and film, developing your understanding of the media and its 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 publication, advertising campaign) or a video production (film trailer, music video).

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of examinations at the end of year 13 and practical assessments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to 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 2019), 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 visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

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 the FdSc in Media Production or apply to other universities.

This could lead to a variety of career opportunities in TV, film, journalism, marketing or the design industry.

Additional Information

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

Ref: Philip King

What our tutors say...

"Media has dominated the world, from the way we access vital information to the way we spend our time. Media is used in almost everything we do. Learn about media and master skills in a range of aspects that have such an influence in our lives."

Nicola, Media Studies Tutor

Why choose our A Level Academy?

Dedicated Support

Our class sizes are small and the support focussed to help you to stay on track with your studies.

Excellent Progression

We have progression routes that lead to university, a higher apprenticeship or employment.

Tailored Subjects

Study three A levels or choose a Professional Skills Programme to help you prepare for your future.

Transport Links

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UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications and personal statements.

Student Experience

Gain insight from industry guest speakers, travel abroad and in the UK and compete in competitions.