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Media Studies: A-level

Qualification: A-level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in either GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature. Students with Grade 4 in English Language will be considered if they have a Grade 5 in Art, Graphics, Photography or at least Merit in a Digital Media BTEC course.


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Discover how the media shape our lives

“We make the media and then the media make us” is the starting-point for this exciting course. How has a global, non-stop media changed the ways we see the world and experience our lives? And what part will we play in the media of the future?

Over the two years we will study a wide range of media products in their contexts: films, television programmes, websites, computer games, newspapers, magazines, radio programmes and music videos. The focus will be on deconstructing these to better understand how they make meaning - and to use them as models for our own creative media products.

Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject that is relevant to all our lives. If you enjoy learning about how and why media products are made and you want to make your own media products then this is the A-level for you.


The course

We follow the AQA Media Studies A-level course which comprises two exams (70% of the grade) and a folder of media production coursework (30%). This course is unusual in its high proportion of non-examined assessment which may appeal to students who prefer ongoing assessment compared to end of year exams.

Media Studies allows students to view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. You’ll find contemporary, diverse topics and varied and engaging content, helping you to develop research and problem-solving skills as well as your creativity. You will also refine your debating skills through the discussion of contemporary issues from a range of perspectives.


Beyond the classroom

Past activities have included:

  • Attended special screenings at the Into Film festival.
  • Visited the Museum of the Moving Image in Bradford.
  • Guest speakers from the worlds of marketing and media.
  • Students are encouraged to take part in events organised by the Showroom in Sheffield.
  • Students are encouraged to enter competitions as they arise.
  • Some students have got involved in media projects within school, e.g. filming and editing a school concert.



If you choose to continue with Media Studies at university you could use it as a stepping stone into a wide range of media jobs such as media planner, television/film/video producer, journalist, public relations officer, programme researcher, market researcher, editorial assistant, advertising account executive, event manager. Past students have gone on to study other subjects at university, such as sociology, business, psychology and many more.