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Media Studies A Level at Sunderland College

Course description

This course is for people interested in the way that media affects our lives and for students that want to learn how different media forms and industries operate. The course aims for students to understand the aims and effects of the media.

This course is also for people who are keen to develop production skills and create their own media forms.


Course content

You will study a range of media forms and analyse their meanings; considering representations of groups and individuals across different media platforms, including film, television, and magazines and you will study the function and impact of media industries including publishing press and the British film industry.

You will also learn how to use specialist software to create your own products including magazines, websites and radio adverts.


Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including a C in English Language or Literature.


Media Studies combines theoretical and practical study. You will study the theoretical parts of the course in a classroom environment incorporating a range of learning activities, and practical components will be delivered using computers with specialist media software installed.

Future opportunities

Previous students who have successfully completed an A-Level in Media Studies have gone on to study a range of courses including Broadcast Journalism, Magazine Journalism and Media Production. This course can prepare you for a career in media production, teaching, lecturing, research, journalism, marketing and advertising.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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