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
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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.

Joshua Brazier

Joshua Brazier

Media Studies - Nunnery Wood High School
I chose to take A Level Media Studies at College as I had a massive interest in the way the news was constructed and how it worked on a daily basis. I had already taken Media Studies at GCSE and therefore had a slight taste of what the course would consist of. Alongside Media Studies, I also take A Level Sociology and Modern History. I took both of these as they were natural interests of mine however I felt that studying Sociology and understanding functions of society would benefit my knowledge when applying it to Media, especially in relation to how the media may directly affects society through its content. The course itself for Media is excellent at covering all aspects whether it’s the industry, TV, radio or more. After College, I plan to go to university to study Broadcast Journalism and develop the skills required to pursue a career in the world of radio and music 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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