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Media Studies (AS / A Level) at Middlesbrough College

Course description

This course will develop your analytical skills, as you learn to interpret the messages presented by the mass media. You will also develop your creative and technical skills via the completion of production portfolios.

Course content

AS Modules: MEST 1: Understanding Media: You will learn media language and analyse how media language is used in media texts to create messages and meanings. MEST 2: Creating Media: You will apply your understanding of media texts to creating a portfolio of research and production work. A2 Modules: MEST3: Critical Perspectives: You will consider issues and debates surrounding the media, via theoretical and contextual perspectives. MEST 4: Research and Production: you will develop your research skills and apply your knowledge and understanding of the media to the completion of a research project and portfolio of production work.

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSE’s at grade C or above including English and Maths. A minimum of Grade C in GCSE English is essential, however a grade B is recommended. A creative qualification such as Art or Media would be of benefit to you. Also subject to QCA score. If you do not have a Grade A to C in English and/or Maths, you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your Study Programme.


AS 50% Written Exam (two hours). 50% Coursework portfolio. A2 50% Written Exam (two hours) (25 % of A2). 50% Coursework portfolio (25 % of A2).

Future opportunities

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for University we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance. You can progress on to University, with many students going on to study Media or Media related courses, such as English, Sociology, Graphic Design, Marketing and Journalism. Students often go on to pursue careers in teaching, media production and journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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