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Media Studies

What is Media Studies?

Have you ever wondered how media producers guarantee the success of their latest film, TV or radio programme, or how much influence Hollywood has on the film and TV industry in the UK? These are just some of the questions you will consider if you choose to study Media.

Media Studies is a fantastic subject, especially with the increasing array of different platforms that can be used within the Media industry. The course covers topics including advertising, film, television, radio and many other platforms: providing you with the knowledge to work in any of these fields.

What Will You Study?

This course provides you with the opportunity to study how the media texts we all consume on a daily basis are constructed and will encourage you to think about and challenge the way different groups are represented in the media — men, women, the young, the old, the rich, the poor. You will also explore how audiences respond to texts. Essay writing, research and analysis skills are therefore central to the course, but creative and practical skills are also essential and support the development of your understanding about how media texts work.

You will study texts including film trailers and posters, TV, advertising, print and web content, including newspapers, online news, music videos, computer games and radio programmes.

What Next?

An A Level in Media Studies can lead you to study on 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.

Exam Board

Eduqas (WJEC)

Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE English Language.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

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

Did you know?

A full-page ad in a national newspaper costs £60,000.

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