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Media Studies at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Media Studies?

Students choose Media Studies for a number of reasons: some may wish to follow a media-related career at university, others may have a keen interest in one or more aspect of the modern media and have a curiosity as to how it works. It will also provide you with an opportunity to engage in practical production work and will broaden your knowledge and understanding of the contemporary media and its importance in our culture.

Our teaching teams are led by published writers and examiners, whilst much of the students' work has been assessed as being the best in the country.

In addition, fantastic enrichment activities will be available to you through visits and trips, the production of our very own student-led magazine and video production club as well as an opportunity to work with the British Youth Film Association on major projects.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 97% of students achieving A*-C grades, with 69% achieving A*-A grades.

What will I study?

  • Year 1 focuses on introducing you to the main issues impacting on contemporary media production and consumption, looking at the relationships between traditional media forms (film, television, newspapers etc.) and e-media. There is also an opportunity to work on the creation of media texts in both the first and second years.
  • Year 2 lets you specialise in an academic area to investigate more advanced conceptual issues. This will allow you to understand the way the media is part of our culture and the political and social impact it has.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Media Studies specifically, this should include Grade 5 in English (Language or Literature.


How is the course assessed?

  • Written examination, worth 70%
  • Completion of a practical production task, worth 30%

All assessments take place at the end of Year 2.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

You can progress onto a wide range of related courses at university, such as English and cultural studies courses, film studies, marketing and promotion and other humanities and business related courses. Some students also study practical media production at university.

Where are you going?

  • Editor
  • Events Manager
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Media Producer

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • Business Studies
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Photography
  • Graphics

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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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAMEDIA

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