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Media Studies A-Level at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

This subject gives you an opportunity to study many different examples of media - new technology, TV, film, magazines and newspapers as well as music, social media and gaming. As an academic subject, the course critically explores issues such as representation in the media. You also develop research skills with regards to the media industries and audiences, and practical skills in order to successfully produce your own media products for specific audiences.


We are all exposed to media and this course allows us to investigate the role of the media in our lives. If you want to develop analytical, research and practical skills then this may be the course for you. 


You need to be a competent user of ICT as we use industry standard software such as Photoshop. You are expected to keep up to date with media events. Reading newspapers and watching the news regularly will help you. The more interested you are in media texts the more relevant the course will be to you.

Course content

The course begins by introducing media concepts and exploring media texts to build up your understanding of how they are produced, who produces them and how audiences understand them. You will then develop practical and creative skills in Desk Top Publishing, graphic design, digital photography and photo editing, as well as audio visual production and editing.

The course prepares you for the examination modules and covers key media concepts – the purpose is to develop your awareness of media concepts as well as your ability to analyse and evaluate texts. The three theoretical areas of Media Studies are: Representation, Media Industries and Audience

  • REPRESENTATION involves the investigation of the way events, issues, individuals (including self-representation) and social groups (including social identity) are represented. 
  • MEDIA INDUSTRIES involves the investigation of how processes of production, distribution and circulation shape media products.
  • AUDIENCE involves the investigation of how media producers target, attract, reach, address and potentially construct audiences. 

Entry requirements

You need to have met the standard college entry requirements of five GCSEs grade C or above. Including a GCSE grade C or above in English.


The course will be assessed through exams with a practical coursework element.

Financial information

We estimate that costs on this course will reach no more than £20 maximum as all digital resources and equipment is provided, although a deposit is required to use some of this outside of College.

Future opportunities

Past students have gone on to study a range of courses at University.  Media Production and Media Studies courses are particularly popular, but the subject supports many other degree courses such as English, Sociology, Journalism (Print, Broadcast and Online), Graphic Design, Public Relations, Events Management and Communication Studies.

Some of the students who studied this course at Prior Pursglove College progressed on to:

  • Huddersfield University – Journalism
  • Northumbria University – Film & Television Studies / Journalism
  • Nottingham Trent University – Broadcast Journalism
  • Salford University – Broadcast Journalism
  • Sunderland University – Magazine Journalism
  • Teesside University – Graphic Design / History / Journalism / Multimedia Journalism / Television & Film Production


Further information


You are expected to attend all lessons and be prepared to meet strict deadlines. All homework must be completed. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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