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Media Studies at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

A Level Media Studies engages students in a depth of study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: media language; media representation; media industries; and media audiences.

You will study a wide range of media products, theories and contexts to develop critical analysis skills. You will also develop practical skills to produce a cross-media production which explores both traditional and digital techniques.

You will also build your capacity for independent research, engage with contemporary issues from a range of perspectives, and develop debating skills, while gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of the role media plays in day-to-day life.

Studying Media at GCSE is not essential but a keen interest in the current media landscape is desirable - this makes the subject much more personal to you. It complements study of other subjects such as English Language, Film Studies, Art, Graphics and Photography. Anyone wishing to pursue a more specific career in the media industry such as technical or broadcasting roles should also consider Maths or Physics A Level.

Course content

Component 1: Media Messages
You will develop knowledge and understanding of media language and representations - how meaning is constructed. You will study a range of products such as The Big Issue magazine and conduct a case study as you compare the ways in which The Daily Mail and The Guardian communicate to their audiences. Section A covers the news (print, online, social and participatory media) and Section B covers Language and Representation (magazines, music videos and advertising).
Note: Products are set by the exam board and are subject to change
Component 2: Evolving Media
You will develop knowledge and understanding of media industries and audiences - the relationship between producer and user. You will study a range of products such as the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Minecraft, and Jungle Book, as well as popular TV drama House of Cards and Deutschland 83.. Section A studies Industry and Audience (radio, video game, film), and Section B, Long Form TV Drama (US and non-English speaking).
Note: Products are set by the exam board and are subject to change
Component 3: Cross-Media Production
You will respond creatively to a practical brief set by the exam board to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. This can include a grade 4/5 under the new grading system

. If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain a minimum of a grade C in this subject. This includes a 4/5 under the new grading system.


Component 1: Media Messages

Written examination - 2 hours

35% of qualification

Component 2: Evolving Media

Written examination - 2 hours

35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Non-Exam Assessment

30% of qualification

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

Media Studies A Level is an excellent course to prepare for a wide range of higher education courses but specific HE opportunities include: Communication Studies, Journalism or Digital Media Production. These HE courses could lead to a broad range of careers in the media industry such as journalism; TV producing; advertising and marketing; and graphic design.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


How to apply

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Last updated date: 18 September 2018
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  • Start date: Next September