Media studies

The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer.

The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society.

Newton Abbot College A Level Media Studies course offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in-depth understanding of these key issues, using a comprehensive theoretical framework and a variety of advanced theoretical approaches and theories to support critical exploration and reflection, analysis and debate.

The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the course, including advertising, magazines, newspapers, online media, music videos, games and more. This study of a variety of texts offers opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms. Learners will work from the product outwards to debate key critical questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media. In addition to textual analysis, students are also required to produce three pieces of coursework using up-to-date media technology and skills.

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Course Overview

On This Course You Will Study

Year 1:

  • Core Theoretical Concepts;
  • Investigating the Media;
  • Media in the Global Age

Year 2:

  • Creating a Cross-Media Production;
  • Investigating the Media;
  • Media in the Global Age

This course comprises:
Exam Content 70%
Coursework 30%

Progression & Careers

Past Media Studies students have gone on to study Film, Journalism and Drama. Career paths for Media Studies includes;

  • Marketing and Advertising,
  • Editing;
  • Scriptwriting;
  • Producing;
  • Directing;
  • Graphic Design;
  • Journalism;
  • Gaming.

Where can I find out more?

Point of contact:

Alice Manhire

Teacher of English & Media Studies

Contact Alice Manhire who looks after this Media studies course on:

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