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AS/A-Level Media Studies at Leeds City College

Course description

We live in a media saturated world, where our every waking moment is interspersed with media involvement, from TV to social networks and phone apps.  The A-Level Media course aims to be help you develop a critical understanding of how the media is used, not only a form of entertainment but as a means of communication and representation of the world we live in.

There are specialised facilities equipped with industry standard resources and a suite of Apple-Macs for digital editing.


Course content

Media Studies at Leeds Sixth Form is a varied course, requiring you to develop and display both analytical and creative skills.  You will engage with a wide range of media (including broadcast, print and electronic media), deepening your understanding of how texts are used to create meaning and appeal to audiences.  In the second year, there is greater focus of the wider impact of media issues and representations.  There is also a strong practical production element to each year of the course.


Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects.

Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance. In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

There are no additional entry requirements for this subject.


There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.

Future opportunities

Whilst the specialist skills and knowledge gained from A-Level Media Studies will enable students to progress onto degree level creative courses, particularly media, film, journalism and PR, students will also develop their analytical and critical thinking skills, benefitting from a wide range of future directions.

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: 07 November 2017
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