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Media Studies AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

Understanding the Media and examining its role in society is key to our culture. Students will look at the representation of different social groups across a range of media including news based texts.  Students will also look at issues surrounding the regulation and censorship of the media and the impact new technology is having on the development of media industries.  Assessment is through both written exam and practically assessed coursework for which students have the opportunity to develop their own media texts, developing skills in print, moving image and web design.

Course content

This course covers:

  • Representation in media texts
  • Regulation and censorship
  • New media technologies
  • Global media
  • Media production (including print, web design and moving image)

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C (or new Grade 4) or above.  Previous qualifications in Film or Media are not a requirement for this course, however as the subject is essay-based, GCSE English Language at Grade 4 or above is essential.

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • are keen to produce their own media products
  • are willing to take part in debate and express their views
  • are interested in the role of media in modern society
  • are interested in how technology is changing media industries


This course is assessed through both written examinations (70%) and coursework (30%).  The coursework involves practical media production work in which students are expected to demonstrate a range of production skills across three different media.

The exam board for this A Level is OCR

Future opportunities

A Level Media will prepare students for a range of careers in fields such as Public Relations, Journalism, Advertising, TV Production and Events Management.  Students can also progress to study Media in various forms at degree level, focusing on either theory, practice or both.  There are also a number of specialist courses available in areas such as visual effects, sound design and digital media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reigate College directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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