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Media Studies A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

The Government estimates that the UK’s creative industries are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the British economy and employment in these industries is growing faster than the UK average; there has never been a better time to start in a career in this sector.

Media Studies is a challenging subject which encourages you to critically engage with and evaluate a broad range of media texts.

The world of media is the world we work and dream in. Wherever we turn, we are surrounded by all types of media. This subject questions what meaning these everyday experiences communicate to us. Media Studies focuses on how the media – television, film, advertising, radio, magazines, the Internet, music and newspapers affect the way we view the world. You will also gain practical
skills as you learn to produce videos, TV programmes and trailers.

Media is the most powerful industry in the world and this course is both challenging and thought provoking. If you enjoy subjects that have both a theoretical and practical side and involve high levels of creativity and analysis, you will enjoy Media Studies.

Course content

MS1: Media Representations and Responses
MS2: Media Production Processes
MS3: Media Investigation and Production
MS4: Media: Text, Industry and Audience

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English Language.


Assessment is 50% coursework and 50% examination.

Future opportunities

Media industries are the fastest growing in the UK, and therefore you will find many interesting opportunities leading on from this course.

Former students have gone onto study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, the University of Glasgow, the University of Salford and King’s College, London.

They are studying exciting and rewarding degree programmes such as Contemporary Film and Video, Broadcast Journalism, Information Technology for the Creative Industries, Television Production, Television, Radio and Media, Culture and Society, as well as English Literature, Publishing and History.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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