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Media Studies: A-level

Qualification: A-level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade 4 in GCSE English.


Discover how the media shape our lives

The English department offer three A-levels: English Language, English Literature and Media Studies.

We in the English department are very aware of the distinctiveness of our subject, and identify strongly with the four ‘concepts’ of teaching English:

  • Competence: we want all pupils to be skilled and fluent communicators, and be adept in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Creativity: we want all pupils to experience language as a mode of expression and imagination.
  • Cultural understanding: we want all pupils to appreciate the legacy of the English language through great works of literature; and how it is evolving in the wake of fresh challenges.
  • Critical understanding: we want all pupils to analyse how language is used to persuade and influence.

We have been teaching A-level subjects in English since their introduction and have a very experienced and successful team of subject experts. We are among the top state schools for A-level Literature results in 2016-2017 and also have achieved outstanding results in A-level Language and Media Studies.


The course

Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject that is relevant to all our lives. We follow the new A-level Media Studies course and study a range of media products– television programmes, magazines, websites, games, music videos and films–and apply a range of critical approaches. Throughout the course we consider the way the media interact with, influence and are influenced by contemporary issues and debate.

There is also a non-examined component (coursework) worth 30% in which students create their own media products.

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.