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Media Studies A level at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Media and communication are at the centre of our everyday lives. At home, at work, at college or while travelling we are rarely far away from mediated sounds, images or words in the form of TV, film, radio, music, Internet, magazines, newspapers or games. The media entertain us, enable connections with friends and communities, provide interpretations of the world around us and offer us resources for creating identities and imaginations. We live in a media culture, a media society. Media Studies at St Charles gives you the opportunity to investigate how the media work in society and to understand the role that the media play in our complex world. The balance of media theory and practical media production on the course means that you will learn about how media industries operate, research and investigate issues and debates about the role of the media in society, analyse media products in depth and produce amazing media of your own. 

Course content

MS1 Media Representations and Responses: Learn about   key concepts and theories in Media Studies and build essential research skills.

MS2 Media Production Practices: Learn how to plan, prepare and produce your own practical media productions.

MS3 Media Investigation and Production: Apply your research and production skills to create an amazing group production for a real audience.

MS4 Media Text, Audience and Industry: Build media case studies and research the media industries.

Entry requirements

You must meet the general entry requirements for AS Level plus grade C or above in GCSE English Literature or Language. Grade C or above in Media if taken in previous year.


The course is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% examination.

Each course is studied in half term blocks with an emphasis on building your independent learning, critical analysis, literacy, media production and research skills.

Homework is at least five hours per week. Each half term you will complete a written or practical assignment to assess what you have learnt on the course and prepare for the exam.

Every student is required to work hard, to aim for the highest grades and to achieve excellence.

Financial information

On enrolment you will purchase a course textbook, which will provide essential readings for the course. We will also provide a bibliography of recommended background reading. 

Textbook: Connell, Barbara (2010) Exploring the Media: Text, Industry, Audience 
2nd edition, Leighton Buzzard, Auteur ISBN 978-1-906733-47-6 

Future opportunities

Media studies naturally leads to exciting careers in TV, film, journalism, web development, marketing, advertising, social media or public relations. An awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers, such as business, commerce, law, finance, medicine, the arts, social work, and education. By knowing how the media operate you’ll be able to decode messages more skillfully, understand how to use the media to your advantage and engage with topics and issues that interest you.

Many of our students go on to university to study media, cultural or communication studies as academic subjects. Many more choose to study and train on media, film and TV production courses or apprenticeships as a way into exciting 21st century careers in the creative, media and marketing industries.

Further information

We are privileged to work with a range of brilliant partner organisations to enhance your learning experience and to provide you with the best Media Studies course possible. Our learning partners include the Adobe Youth Voices program, filmmaker Noel Clarke, the British Film Institute, trips and screenings organized by Into Film and projects coordinated by Eastside Educational Trust. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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