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Media Studies A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

We live in a media-saturated world.  From video clips on your phone, to TV ads, to blockbuster movies, to posters at the bus stop, to the music in your ears; you are surrounded by media messages for most of your waking hours.

How do you make sense of them all? How you do know what they are trying to communicate? How do you know how much you have been influenced by these messages?  Does the media reflect your reality, or control the way you view it?

Studying media will enable students to become proficient in skills which are invaluable to employers, including communication (verbal and written), research, planning and design, presentation skills, and critical thinking.

Course content

Topics that will be studied

A level Media Studies is a two-year course that engages students in the in-depth study of media products in four key areas; language, representation, industries and audiences.

Students will study a range of products from the following forms:

  • television
  • film industry
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • online, social and participatory media
  • radio
  • video games
  • music video

Students will also develop their practical skills, which will allow them to apply the media theory that they've learnt on the course.  This is usually in the form of a cross-media campaign based on a set of design briefs.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to have 5 GCSEs graded at 9 - 5 including mathematics, and at least a grade 5 in English Language or English Literature. 

A grade 6 in media studies GCSE is desirable, however students new to media studies will be considered if a positive and dedicated attitude to learning is shown.




35% written examination - "Language and Representation"  2 hours

35% written examination - "Industry and Audience"  2 hours

30% practical controlled assessment - "Making media"

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

Apprenticeship opportunities with film and television companies such as SKY and BBC and radio such as Global and KMFM look favourably on an A level media qualification.

Most Universities offer media based courses, often tailored to the student's specific area of interest in media.

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: 15 October 2018
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