Why choose Media Studies?

Are you a Netflix binge watcher, a vlogger, a gamer, a social networker, or simply a casual consumer of media products? Whatever your relationship with the mass media, you will benefit from the insight, knowledge and skills that a course in Media Studies can offer.

You will explore how media products make meaning and represent ‘reality’. You will study the companies that make them and the audiences that consume them. Does the media influence politics and social change? How do creative ideas get produced and distributed? What role does it play in our lives? What is the future of the news media?

The economic importance of the media is unquestionable. The creative industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy and the sector is now growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy (source: Gov.uk). The industry now accounts for 1 in 11 jobs (source: Guardian 01/01/2017). Studying an A Level in Media Studies is excellent preparation if you want to continue and train to work in the creative industries at higher education or in a vocational context.

Teaching and Learning Styles

70% of the lessons are classroom based and focus on discussing contemporary issues and exploring the media industries. You will need to be prepared to write coherent, thoughtful academic essays about the media. The final term of the first year is practical and, therefore, requires you to be creative and develop your IT skills. Teamwork, problem solving, working to deadlines, communication and IT skills will all be developed through the study of media forms and practical production work.

Resources & Facilities

We have professional Adobe software installed on all of our 25 desktop PCs. We use Full HD video cameras and Digital SLR cameras for print production work.


The A Level is assessed by 2 exams (70%) and coursework (30%). The exams, at the end of the second year, will test your ability to write essays under timed conditions.

Profile student - Tom Ward

Tom Ward

Media Studies - Christopher Whitehead Language College
I didn’t take Media at GCSE, but I have always been interested in the industry, particularly marketing. Furthermore, I think that the increasing importance of online media has meant this subject is really important to anyone who wants to understand contemporary communication, society and business. I am also studying Film Studies, which uses similar concepts and ideas to Media Studies, and Psychology, which allows me to explore the complex relationship between media products and audiences. Furthermore, my Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) dissertation focused on the media, which was a study on how photographers and cinematographers use colour theory. I have decided not to go to university at this point in my career and instead pursue my interest in marketing through an apprenticeship scheme. At present, I am in the middle of securing a digital marketing apprenticeship.

Progression Opportunities

Many students who study Media Studies at A Level go on to study a Media Production course at a university. For example, TV production, Multimedia Journalism, Film Production, and Advertising. You may want to combine the subject with Graphics, Business Studies, English or Law to eventually move into vocational areas such as marketing, events management, public relations or journalism.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Media Studies4GCSE English at grade 5 or above.Good level of creativity and willingness to develop new IT skills. Willingness to work as member of team. Good organisational skills.Attendance at extra sessions for additional skills training. Print and/or video production - £5. Optional visits to film showings/ conferences.

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