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Media Studies, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Are you naturally inquisitive about the media around you and how it shapes our lives? Are you are imaginative, creative and keen to involve yourself in real media production? Would you would like to acquire a broad range of analytical and technological skills that you can employ across many different subject areas? If all of this appeals to you, then we’d love for you to join our A Level media course. If you study Media Studies at OSFC then you will have access to purpose built facilities and equipment which offers the very latest cutting edge technology. The department has extensive expertise in helping students maximise their potential and achieve at a level which exceeds their expectation. Students very much enjoy their studies but also feel fulfilled and ready to develop their skills further in many cases. The specification we follow fully recognises how the media is in a constant state of change and needs to be studied and reflected upon in light of the very latest technological, economic and cultural forces that shape it and the manner in which we consume it. You will develop a very broad set of skills across many different disciplines.

Course content

Year 1 (AS)
Key Media Concepts (50%):
Institutions and Audiences.
Textual Analysis and Representation. 
Production Work (50%):
The Foundation Portfolio – Production Work
Year 2 (A2)
Critical Perspectives in Media (50%):
Section A - The Theoretical Evaluation of Production work 
Section B – Contemporary Media Issues
The Advanced Portfolio in Media (50% - Production Work)


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


AS 50% exam / 50% coursework

A2 50% exam / 50% coursework

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please visit

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

Students progress to a broad array of institutions inlcuding Russell Group Universities

Careers Destinations

  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Market Research
  • Marketing

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Art and Design 
  • Sociology
  • English
  • History
  • Film Studies

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: 03 October 2017
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