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Sixth Form - Media Studies A Level (ALV1) at Barnsley College

Course description

Media Studies looks at a broad range of texts from different media areas such as magazines, newspapers, TV programmes and music videos. We investigate issues such as representation in the media and how media industries use language to sell products to specific audiences.


Course content


Subject content

Media Studies is split into the following areas:

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences (35% of course content)

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth (35% of course content)

Component 3: Cross-Media Production (30% of course content)

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

You will study media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video, film, video games or newspapers.

Component 2: Media Forms and Products In-Depth

For this topic you will study media industries, audiences and media contexts, looking at areas such as Television in the Global Age and Media in the Online Age, how the internet has influenced the influx of social media and blogging sites and how the increasing shift online has changed the way traditional media industries operate. For this module you will also study the print industry in contrast, looking at mainstream and alternative magazine productions.

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Here you will produce an individual piece of coursework across two forms of media, applying theory learned in class and demonstrating knowledge of digital convergence.

Potential options for coursework are: filming a sequence from a new television programme and creating related print or online products to market this, making a music video or creating posters for a new film.

 Assessment is 70% examination and 30% coursework.


Entry requirements

We generally ask for an Attainment 8 score of 5.5 or above (including a 5 or above in English and maths). However, we will discuss entry requirements with you at interview so please come and talk to us


Assessment is 70% examination and 30% coursework .

Financial information

You won’t have to pay tuition or exams fees* to study A Levels with us if you are aged 16 to 18 on 31 August 2017, if you are 19 or older and looking to study your first full Level 3 qualification or if you receive certain benefits. To find out more about tuition fees, call our Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123.

We know being a student can be an expensive time so we offer a range of options to help all our students, from our Learner Support Fund to the Earn 2 Learn scheme.

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), If your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

Earn to Learn

If you are aged 16 to 18 and not eligible for any other financial support you could get involved with our Earn 2 Learn scheme. This provides excellent work experience opportunities within college with departments including Marketing, Administration and Catering, and you will be ‘paid’ via a range of rewards including help with the cost of travel, trips and equipment or high street vouchers.


You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000 (16-18s) or £15,000 (19+). Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded three free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to: student-support/free-bus-service

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

Students can progress to Higher Education to study a variety of media-related courses, such as film and media production, photography, advertising, marketing, PR and media studies.

Possible careers include broadcaster, camera operator, computer animator, film producer, film editor, journalist, presenter, production designer, scriptwriter and sound operator.

Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123



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: 28 May 2019
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