Why Study 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

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). 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.

Why Study Media Studies at Worcester Sixth Form College?

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. There is an enormous amount of media teaching experience in the department; the College has experience of delivering Media Studies courses for over 25 years. College equipment is available for student use outside lessons and classroom activities.

Students are encouraged to enter relevant competitions and produce production work outside the classroom.

Progression Opportunities

Many students who study Media Studies at A Level go on to study a Media Production course at 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. Recent students have gone on to a range of academic and vocational courses. For example, one student went on to do an apprenticeship in multimedia marketing. This student completed a degree as part of the apprenticeship. Another student has gone on to study Media Performance at Salford University, with a view to performing and directing TV and Film.

Zoe Miller - Media Studies

Zoe Miller

Media Studies - Pershore High School
I chose to study Media Studies as it is an ever-evolving subject that always changes. We are surrounded by media every day and I’m fascinated by the inner workings of the media industry. Studying media fits well with my other subjects English Literature & Language and History (Modern) as I can develop my research skills and analytical skills to larger effect. I enjoy studying Media Studies as it is very interesting to learn about the industries, deeper meanings and even the audience that consumes different types of media. I’m also part of Hockey Academy and I find that this also fits in well with media as I’m able to work in a team in strenuous circumstances. After College, I plan to go to university to continue studying Media.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance 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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