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Media Studies A level at Bradford College

Course description

Here at Bradford College, we love media. We love making media, we love teaching media, we love watching media, and we really love talking about media. If you do, too, this dynamic, exciting, stimulating A Level Media Studies course might be the place for you. This course will deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of different media, such as films, TV, the internet, video games, newspapers, advertising, social networking and critically analyse how they are constructed and the meaning and messages they create.

Media Studies provides an exciting range of modules that ask critical questions about the media industry and offers the opportunity to develop a wide range of essential, transferable abilities. You will learn to undertake detailed research, plan, produce and present work, building skills in digital technologies while developing and demonstrating their creativity. Looking at a variety of media forms from film to print to the internet, you will engage in discussions, debates, case studies, personal research and practical projects building on skills that can be applied to a vast array of professions, including film/TV director, editor, camera operator, researcher, journalist, teacher, historian, animator and many more.

You will develop transferable skills like team-working; verbal communication skills; showing initiative; adapting to different social situations; gathering, processing and analysing data, essay writing and presentation techniques.

This course offers a fundamental understanding of the professional world of the media industry & film making. By studying on the course you will benefit from the links that the A Level Media has with Channel 4, BBC, BBFC, National Media Museum, Whistling Woods International Film School, not to mention taught by media & film industry professionals, coupled with industry guest speakers.

In the first Module, you will discuss, analyse and write about media texts and issues. The second Module is 'Applied' which means that the course is of a more practical nature - you will prepare for and make a video, or websites, or print (such as magazines) and evaluate it in writing using a report format. This is your coursework and counts for 50% of the AS course.

Course content

In Year One, you will study two Units:

Media Representations and Responses - 50%
Practical Production including Pre-production, DVD, and report - 50%.

Year Two involves a similar but more highly analytical written response and a different form of production involving superior production skills, as well as a long research essay/investigation.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language, although four GCSEs at Grade C plus Distinctions in other qualifications is also acceptable as the 5th grade.

Mature students will be considered according to written skills, life experience and media/film interests.


  • Examination
  • Coursework.

Future opportunities

  • Written essay skills - academic writing and independent research
  • Team work, eg presentations
  • Debating - no-one is quiet!
  • New skills in video production (no previous experience required)
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Organisational and design skills.

Further information

For further information please visit our website or contact our admissions department on 01274 433333.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 January 2016
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