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Media Studies A-Level

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What is Media Studies A-Level?

Media studies A-level is the academic study of various media platforms, analysing the different types of media texts and examining the way that different groups are represented within the media.

What Will You Study?

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  • Critical analysis of media texts, including film posters, TV, advertising
  • Critical analysis of print and web content, including newspapers, online news, music videos, computer games and radio programmes
  • The way that different groups are represented within the Media
  • Audience responses to media texts
  • Explore the impact of production and industry context upon media texts
  • Production skills in desktop publishing, web-page design and filming and editing

What Next?

An A-Level in Media Studies can lead you to study a variety of degree courses. Taken alongside traditional subjects such as English or History, an A-Level in Media Studies can help you gain a place at any university in the country. You will also be well qualified through your experience of the practical coursework element to pursue more vocational courses linked to media production and digital technology. Media Studies will also support study for careers in Business such as advertising, marketing and communications.

Exam Board

Eduqas (WJEC)

Entry Requirements

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE English Language.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Film Studies, English Language,  English Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, Fine Art, Graphic Communications and Digital Photography.

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