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A Level Media Studies

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Course outline

TV, film, radio, the internet… we’re surrounded by media every single day and the fight for our attention is growing all the time.

If you’re interested in how the media shapes our lives and want to create your own productions, this could be the course for you.

You’ll spend time analysing the media around us, debating what you find with other students and coming to your own conclusions about the media industry and where it’s heading.

You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels and you will be able to select your chosen subjects when you apply online.

This course aims to develop a critical response to the media by exploring a wide variety of media, drawing on fundamental media concepts and theoretical framework. You will gain an understanding of how media products are constructed; why the producers of a text are important in media industries; how audiences are grouped and targeted, how we the digital revolution allows us to become producers ourselves and how the representation of people, places and events is evident in media.

Topics include:

  • Component 1 - Media Products, Industries and Audiences
    In this section you will study a number of set texts from a range of platforms including advertising and marketing, newspapers, video games, music video, radio and film marketing.
  • Component 2 - Media Forms and Products in Depth
    In this section you will study three areas of media in detail. Television in the Global Age; Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media; and Media in the Online Age.
  • Component 3 - Cross Media Production
    This is your opportunity to get creative! In this section you will research, plan and create your own products to meet a brief set by the exam board. Previous students have created music videos, short films, sequences from TV shows, pages from magazines, print marketing for films, TV or music industry, website and more.

How to apply for this course

You can now apply for an A Level Programme starting in September 2021.

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street

Start: 6th September 2021

A Level Programme (2 years)

Course code: C000450 / Q000514


A Level Media Studies


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements
  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above.
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-6 (A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above.

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at feadmissions@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.


You’ll take exams and produce a creative media portfolio.


You could progress to a related higher education course such as media, teaching, humanities, social sciences or film studies.

There are lots of careers open to you such as journalist, broadcaster, digital marketing executive, special effects designer or web designer.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

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