Media Studies A Level
About the course
Who produces the media? Who consumes it? What messages does it send, and what does it conceal? How has the Internet changed the way we interact with the media?
This exciting two-year course gives you a whistle-stop tour of the modern media language, and allows you to produce media products yourself and answer these questions for you.
- You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
- Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language
- In addition, you must achieve at least a grade B in one other written subject e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business or Religious Studies (full course).
- Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
- IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
You will analyse texts to find hidden meanings and then put what you have learned into practice and produce media products for yourselves, including a film opening, a music video, a digipak, a print advertisement or a website.
You will be discovering who produces it, who consumes it and what messages and values are found within it. In addition, you will study media industries, such as film or music, and explore how they function and use new technology.
Assessment is partly through practical coursework, but mostly through written exams. Successful completion of the first year gains you an AS Level in Media Studies. Successful completion of the second gains you an A Level.
Taken as one of three A Levels, this course will allow you to study Art and Media-related courses at universities and Higher Education institutes.
The facilities were great as we were able to use Final Cut Pro and quality cameras which I had never been able to use before.
Maria De Ferry
Studied: A Levels in English Language and Literature, Media and Film
Destination: Now taking an apprenticeship at the BBC
She said: “I had a great time at City and Islington and really enjoyed my film and media studies courses which fuelled my ambition to work in the media. The facilities were great as we were able to use Final Cut Pro and quality cameras which I had never been able to use before.
“After creating a music video as part of an A Level project I knew I wanted to work in the media industry and began to research my options. I realised that what I wanted to do did not need me to take a degree and then I found the production apprenticeship at the BBC and I applied.”
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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.