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Media Studies A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

The Media Studies Specification offers learners the chance to study theories and ideas about Media alongside the creation of practical coursework.

Course content

Media Studies offers learners the chance to study theories and ideas about Media alongside the creation of practical coursework.

The exam component offers a choice of stimulating and engaging set texts from three contrasting media forms: Television, Magazines and Online media. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis, and, demonstrate a critical approach to media issues. The course will develop your appreciation and critical understanding of the in addition to its role historically and currently in society and culture. You will study the dynamic relationships between media forms, products, media industries and audiences.

The course will also consider the global nature of the media and apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology to analyse media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed. Through the course you will engage in critical debate about academic theories used in media studies and learn to appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to show your learning in creative and practical activities to develop your production skills in more sophisticated and effective ways.

Practical Coursework allows learners to creatively apply their theoretical knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audience to an original media production. This production will be planned and produced independently. Learners will be offered a choice of set briefs to enable them to explore their interests and develop skills in a specific area of media.

Study Visits

A variety of trips and visits will be available throughout the year in addition to some opportunities to meet visiting speakers from the Creative Industries. Trips and visits in the past have included:

  • Annual TRC Media Studies Awards Ceremony in June.

  • University of Sheffield Film Festival.

  • The York Short Film Festival.

  • BFI London Film Festival and Harry Potter Studios.


Entry requirements

Grade 5 English Language or Literature.


Two exams (70%) and coursework (30%).

Financial information

Trips - as and when they take place. Minimal costs involved to purchase existing media texts (less than £5 to purchase magazine and news texts).

Students may want to purchase a DSLR camera, although this is not essential as they are available to borrow from the department.

Students may want to purchase Adobe Creative Suite software, although this is not essential as this is available across college on all computers.

Future opportunities

This course could lead onto higher education to study Media, related courses within the Arts and Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Copywriter, Public Relations Officer, Social Media Manager, Editorial Assistant, Media Planner or Advertising Executive.


2013 data from the Office for National Statistics showed that of all those with an undergraduate degree, media and information studies graduates had the second highest employment rate of all subjects, second only to medicine. 

23.2% of Media Studies graduates work in the UK as art, design and media professionals, compared to 5.9% of all graduates.

In general, those studying creative arts subjects are more likely to find work related to their degree studies, whilst the transferable skills gained from arts and humanities allow graduates to enter a wide range of sectors.  (LOGAN, E & PRITCHARD, E, 2016.  What Graduates Do, Manchester: Prospects and the Education Liaison Task Group (ELTG) of AGCAS)

Further information

To find out more about this course, visit the Media Department at one or our Open Evenings or speak to school/college careers staff.

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: 21 September 2017
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