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Media Studies - GCE A Level at The Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form

Course description

The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit. The globalised nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

The  A level Media Studies course offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of these key issues, using a comprehensive theoretical framework and a variety of advanced theoretical approaches and theories to support critical exploration and reflection, analysis and debate.

Course content

Component 1 - Exploring the Media

Component 2 - Understanding Media Forms and Products (Television, Music, Music Videos and Online Media)

Component 3 - Creating Media Products

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements:Minimum of 5 GCSEs 9-4 or A*-C including English Language and Mathematics

Subject Specific Entry Requirments: Grade 4 in GCSE English Language

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements


Component 1 = 40%

Component 2 = 30%

Non-examined assessment - Component 3 = 30%

Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day.

For more information contact Sixth Form Admissions on 01924 483666 or email


Future opportunities

The A Level Media course provides a suitable foundation for related study in higher education. If you intend to pursue a career in media, ICT, marketing, business or the social sciences, you will benefit from studying this course. Previous students who studied A Level media have gone on to study and pursue careers in journalism, education, television production, marketing, psychology and drama.

Further information

If you have a general or specific interest in media, and want to explore how the media constructs and represents the world to its audience, then this is the course for you. The course is an exciting blend of studying film alongside creating media products.

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: 14 November 2017
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