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Media Studies A Level (AQA) at Tower Hamlets College

Course description

The aim of this course is to provide you with a method to understand what the media is saying about the world; to be able to make your own mind up about the way events are represented across all the media platforms.  You will develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through developing your own views and interpretations. As well as discussion, debate and written reports, 50% of the course work is hands-on. You will explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts.  The practical side of coursework involves developing a response to a set brief. Examples of previous coursework involve making a trailer to promote a film and creating a website to advertise a teen magazine.

Media Studies complements other A Levels such as English Language & Literature, Film Studies, History, Politics, Business Studies, Sociology and Psychology as well as Art & Design. The skills that are acquired through studying this subject will prove invaluable in jobs that involve communication.

Course content

  • Media Concepts- forms, representations, institutions and audiences
  • Media Platforms – broadcasting; digital/web-based media (e-media) and print
  • Media Debates – reality TV, news values and moral panics
  • Media Theories- gender & ethnicity, consumption and production and genre theories

Entry requirements

  • Grade C or above in one creative media or humanities subject
  • You must have at least 5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English and Maths producing an average point score of 42 and at least one B grade in a written subject


Assessment consists of coursework (50%) and exam (50%)

Future opportunities

  • A Level Media Studies is an excellent preparation for careers in media, journalism, marketing and advertising, and is a popular university degree choice.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 May 2016
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