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Media Studies A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

Media Studies is both a theoretical and creative practical course, in which you will learn about media texts, audiences and institutions in relation to the magazine, television, film, advertising and multi-media industries.

You will study a range of media texts produced by the above industries such as advertisements, news articles, computer games, magazines and films. You will also explore media issues and media representations, and, in year two, develop your understanding of these and other areas such as media regulation and censorship, new technologies and textual construction, as well as an individual research project. You will also create your own media product such as creating a magazine for students, a promotional campaign for a film or a music video.

Studying Media will enable you to:

  • Record, monitor and evaluate the process of your own media production from planning to outcome keeping a record of your progress as if you were working as a media professional.
  • Understand how meaning is constructed by analysing a range of media, such as film, magazines, newspapers and websites.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the media industry. You will study production processes, learning about how a film is made for example, and the range of different media organizations that exist in the UK and globally.
  • Show an understanding of how social groups are represented in the media, comparing messages and values in media texts.
  • Plan and construct a media production from a prescribed brief, demonstrating technical skills and showing understanding of concepts such as audience, genre, representation and form.

You will have a great deal of opportunity to use the College’s excellent IT resources for creative and research purposes.

Will this subject suit me?

The ideal student would be creative, interested in the media and take an interest in current affairs, and contemporary culture. The course is ideal for students who want to develop their skills in writing, design, photography and film. You will enjoy the intellectual challenge the subject entails, enjoy reading and be prepared to grapple with abstract concepts.

Personal study time

A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons.  Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self- directed research as well. Students will receive effective feedback, guidance and help from their tutors.

Qualification Title

A Level Media Studies

What students say about this subject

Media Studies gives you the chance to be really creative and explore your interests by producing a website, magazine or film.

 Really interesting but hard work.

The theory lessons really help to give you ideas about how to improve your Production.

It’s important to keep up with the homework schedule.

Lots of discussion in class.

Students are told about coursework deadlines well in advance.

Good online resources.

The teachers are really friendly and helpful.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at 4-9/ A* - C. Including English Language and Mathematics. Attendance at an A Level information event. 



A combination of coursework and exams.

Examinations for A level take place at the end of two years of study and after 1 year for AS level.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Media Studies can be studied at university degree level and may lead to careers in the media, including television and radio, journalism, teaching, publishing, advertising, law, business, computing and design. It is a respected subject in its own right, but it is an excellent complement to A Level English, psychology, sociology, politics, history and art and design.


Further information

How to apply                        

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: HRENA1