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Media Studies (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

This course will give you an excellent introduction to the most important aspects of the media industry and the various career opportunities available. If you want to continue with Media Studies in Higher Education, you will find a great number of degree and other courses offered, which incorporate both theoretical and practical production work. Many former students have progressed to media-related degree courses in recent years, and some of the most dedicated have gained employment in the media industries.

Course content

You will study a range of print and audio-visual media products, including advertising, television, radio, film, newspapers and magazines, games and online media. The course will enable you to investigate issues around production, audiences and marketing, as well as the artistic and technical aspects of the media. You will become familiar with a number of media theorists and will also learn how to apply theoretical perspectives to specific media products, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of different media theories. You will gain sophisticated skills in analysing a wide range of media products, and gain an understanding of how visual, written and audio elements are used to create meaning and affect the target audience. You will also study how different groups are portrayed in the media, and will investigate a number of audience theories. You will build up a wealth of technical terminology, which you will be able to use in your written work; this will contribute to the deeper understanding of the media which you will develop. For the coursework, you will be able to choose from a range of practical print-based projects, and to follow your own personal interests in the media.

Entry requirements

College entry (please refer to the Entry Requirements section page 30 for further details).


70% Examination

30% Coursework

Future opportunities

The majority of our students progress to university each year; many of them take degree courses in Media or related areas, while others use their Media Studies A level to access a wide range of other degree courses.

While many students move into Media related careers such as journalism, public relations and production, the skills and knowledge they develop on the course give them access to a much broader range of potential careers.

Offical figures show that Media graduates do very well in the careers market: a Higher Education Statistics Agency survey showed that graduates from Media courses were more sucessful in finding employment within six months than those from a range of other disciplines.

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: 05 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: XM-AL
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