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Media Studies AS/A2 level at City and Islington College

Course description

Who produces the media? Who consumes it? What messages does it send, and what does it conceal? How has the Internet changed the way we interact with the media?

This exciting two-year course gives you a whistle-stop tour of the modern media language, and allows you to produce media products yourself and answer these questions for you.

Course content

You will analyse texts to find hidden meanings and then put what you have learned into practice and produce media products for yourselves, including a film opening, a music video, a digipak, a print advertisement or a website.

You will be discovering who produces it, who consumes it and what messages and values are found within it. In addition, you will study media industries, such as film or music, and explore how they function and use new technology.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must achieve at least a grade B and a grade C in at least two written subjects e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Religious Studies (full course), English Language.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is partly through practical coursework, but mostly through written exams. Successful completion of the first year gains you an AS Level in Media Studies. Successful completion of the second gains you an A Level.

Future opportunities

Taken as one of three A Levels, this course will allow you to study Art and Media-related courses at universities and Higher Education institutes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.