Media Studies (A-Level)

Reasons to study this course

  • You have a keen interest in studying and producing media.
  • You will develop critical analysis skills.
  • You will be using industry-standard equipment and software to produce your own media.

What you will need to study this course

  • Keen interest in the media
  • Enjoy analysis, discussion and practical work
  • Ability to articulate your views clearly and in detail

What you will study

Nine different media forms: Television, Film, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Advertising, Online social and participatory media, Video games and Music video. Underpinning all this is a four-part framework:

Media Language – how the media communicate meanings

Media Representations – how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups

Media Industries – how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms

Media Audiences – how media forms target, reach and address audiences; how audiences interpret and respond to them; and how members of audiences become producers themselves.

Texts you will study include everything from Homeland to music videos by Lady Gaga and to the advertising and marketing of Minecraft.

You will also complete a coursework production.

How you will be assessed

70% examination 30% coursework

Priestley Extra

Students will have the opportunity to work on the college radio station, Radio Wave. Students have also attended workshops in London with the BBFC and the BBC as well as a residential visit to New York.


University degrees in a range of media-related qualifications. These could include theoretical and practical production courses such as media and cultural studies, video and film production, advertising and marketing, scriptwriting and journalism.

What the students say

For more information about the Foundation Programme take some time to read through this booklet. It outlines the different options available, the key stills you will develop and what a Foundation Programme can lead onto.

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