What is Media Studies?

A-level Media Studies is a general media course that includes the study of a wide range of different media including television programmes, films, advertising and marketing, newspapers and magazines, video games, radio programmes, music videos and online media including social media. It is a good combination of academic study and practical, creative coursework.

A-level Media is based on the understanding of media concepts which include:

  • Media language, including codes, narrative and genre
  • Audience
  • Industry
  • Representation and ideology

It also includes the study of the media contexts, the social, political, cultural and historical contexts that shape the media and the way audiences consume it.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from English (4 will be considered)

  • Assessment methods

    2 exams and coursework

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    WJEC

How you will study

You will critically analyse a range of media products, developing your own analysis skills and your own ideas and opinions. You will also study up to date issues and trends in media industries and how society shapes the media. This will include both mainstream and alternative media, media produced in different countries, some historical products and future developments.

We have a range of up to date cameras and editing facilities so you can develop your production skills and try out your own creative ideas.

In class you will have your own individual camera, tripod and computer to edit. You can also use these outside class to complete your coursework.

Course content summary:

  • Meanings and Representations in the Media:

    You will analyse how media products are constructed and study different representations, such as how age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and political issues are represented in the media.

  • Media Forms and Products in Depth:

    You will study particular media industries and products in depth and what they show about how the media industry is changing , including global TV drama, online media and mainstream and alternative magazines.

  • Coursework – Cross-Media Production:

    You will produce an individual cross media production from a brief set by the exam board and produce two products
    – Print (e.g. film posters, magazine pages)
    – Audio visual (e.g. sequence from a TV programme or music video)

What can I do after Xaverian?

Media Studies A-level leads to a wide range of different degrees and career paths. You can continue to study media studies in general or specialise in one area such as games, marketing or film.

This can include academic courses such as Media or Film Studies or more practical courses such as Broadcast Journalism, Graphic Design or Media Production.

Although routes to media careers are very competitive, there are an increasing number of apprenticeships, often in marketing or social media.

What else might you do?

  • Trips to London & New York during the course

  • Attend films & events at HOME in Manchester

  • Every year we also host talks by people working in the media industry and from local University departments. This year we have offered talks from people working at the BBC, ITV and freelancers, plus opportunities for work experience.

  • Our students also enjoy success with their practical production work in local and national competitions, including the BFI Film Academy

What can I do after Xaverian?

Media Studies A-level leads to a wide range of different degrees and career paths. You can continue to study media studies in general or specialise in one area such as games, marketing or film.

This can include academic courses such as Media or Film Studies or more practical courses such as Broadcast Journalism, Graphic Design or Media Production.

Although routes to media careers are very competitive, there are an increasing number of apprenticeships, often in marketing or social media.

What else might you do?

  • Trips to London & New York during the course

  • Attend films & events at HOME in Manchester

  • Every year we also host talks by people working in the media industry and from local University departments. This year we have offered talks from people working at the BBC, ITV and freelancers, plus opportunities for work experience.

  • Our students also enjoy success with their practical production work in local and national competitions, including the BFI Film Academy