Media Studies
A Level

Course Overview

By studying Media at AS and A Level you will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of media production, how it is created and the impact media has within our environment as a whole. As part of the course you will research the codes and conventions of magazine design and use this research to inform your own production of a magazine including covers and inside spreads.



This Media course will broaden your skills in studio photography, graphic design in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign as well as your journalism skills. You’ll visit Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland on study trips, and the Sixth Form College has close links with the Tyneside Cinema. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit media and film festivals both locally and nationally.

5 GCSEs Grade A* to C ( 9 to 4).

Further or Higher Education options include Film and Media related degrees or HNC/HND qualifications.

Careers include: Journalism, Teaching, Art-related disciplines, Film Production, TV Editing and Special Effects Technician.

You will gain analytical skills as you analyse media texts, documentaries, music videos, adverts and many more, gaining an insight into how the text has been put together and how the audience may respond to it. You will also explore how the media portrays various groups in society and understand more about the influence of the media.

A wide range of media texts will be explored and discussed: film, TV, music, newspapers, magazines and advertising.

AS/A Level – Combination of exams (70%) and one piece of practical course work (30%).

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