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Media Studies GCE A Level Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

You might go through the day without ever noticing all the media that surrounds you, but if you’re the kind of person who wonders why an advert looks the way it does, questions the kinds of news stories that are reported, and always has comments to make about TV shows, then this A-Level Media Studies course is perfect for you. You’ll look at a range of media platforms, understanding how they operate, who they are aimed at and how they link together. This will include a focus on social media platforms and how they’ve revolutionised the industry, and an investigation of whether print media is dead. You’ll also explore the different media institutions, how they influence final productions, and how certain identities are traditionally represented. As part of the coursework for this Media Studies A-Level, you’ll be working to the brief of a fictional artist/group in the music industry and tasked with creating a new brand for them, focusing on using colours, signs and codes effectively. You’ll even complete a case study on Star Wars, or Being Human, True Blood and Vampire Diaries!

Entry requirements

As well as being interested in all forms of media, from newspapers to Twitter, you’ll need to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including both English and Maths. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


For this Media Studies A-Level, assessment will be split 50/50, with half your mark based on your exam and half based on coursework.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With this qualification, you could go on to a number of different degrees at a university of your choice, or even stay at The Manchester College and complete courses in Marketing, Psychology and Teaching. You might wish to study Journalism or Sociology, English or Politics. Whichever path you choose, you’ll find the skills and experience you take from this media studies course will open a number of career opportunities for you. Previous students have gone on to work at Glastonbury and Google, Time Out magazine and Twitter, and one has even interviewed David Cameron and Peter Andre (though not at the same time!)

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: 04 December 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.