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Media Studies A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

Whether it is considering the importance of the News International phone hacking hearing or the significance of the fact that 12 million people regularly watch The X-Factor, A-level media students learn to critically analyse the mass media and its place in our society.

Wherever we turn, we are surrounded by all types of media; media studies gives you the opportunity to do something more than just passively receive.

Through investigation and analysis, this course offers you a chance to understand exactly how and why the media functions. Media studies focuses on how the media: television, film, advertising, radio, magazines, the internet, music and the newspapers, affect the way we view the world. The media is the most powerful industry in the world and this course is both challenging and thought provoking.

Armed with these insights, you will then have your chance to create your own media texts. So, what you need to enjoy media studies is an enquiring mind and the desire to question the images and ideas many people take for granted. This needs to be combined with creative skills and the ability to express your ideas clearly. In return, you will gain an awareness of how the media constructs our reality that is difficult to forget.

Course content

First year

In the first year the focus is on developing an understanding of the institutional nature of modern media and how technology is shaping the rapid changes currently underway. In addition, AS students will develop their critical analysis skills and undertake independent research into self-selected media areas. This knowledge and understanding is assessed via a traditional examination as well as practical production.

Second year

In the second year students consider the wider contexts of modern media, taking historical, political and economic perspectives as well as developing an understanding of a range of critical and theoretical perspectives. There are two specific areas for study: The Impact of Digital and New media and Identity.

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a C grade in GCSE English language.


Media students recognise that the media is organised and run as a collection of highly profitable businesses. Students have an opportunity to explore a wide range of media products during their studies. They will discover how these products construct meaning for their audiences and how the media may be an influence personally, socially and culturally. If you enjoy subjects that have both a theoretical and a practical side and involve high levels of creativity and analysis, you will enjoy media studies. Because media studies develops so many practical and theoretical skills, media students are attractive to employers in a wide range of careers, and not just those directly involved in media production. A qualification in media studies will enable students to study media in higher education. The media industry is very important and very varied in the 21st century.

How is it examined:

  • 50% written examination and 50% coursework.
  • AS coursework is based on practical production.
  • A2 coursework includes an extended research essay.


At the heart of Media Studies is the development of critical analysis skills and independence of thought. Students are required to work on individualised projects at all levels of the course developing precisely the types of skills required by employers and universities.

Future opportunities

Students can progress into a wide range of media related careers, including:

• Media planner

• Multimedia specialist

• Programme researcher,      broadcasting/film/video

• Public relations officer

• Runner, broadcasting/film/video

• Television/film/video producer

• Advertising account executive

• Broadcast journalist

• Information officer

• Magazine journalist

• Market researcher

• Writer


Some university courses in Media are practically based and others theoretical. Many combine the two approaches to the subject and students may decide to follow a vocational route into Media Production or an academic path. 

Further information


An environment that supports the individual, is committed to your learning and is dedicated to your future.

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: 02 October 2015
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