Media Studies A Level


Understanding the Media and examining its role in society is key to our culture. In year 1, students will learn how to analyse genre, narrative and representation in a range of media texts including computer games, television, film and advertising. In Year 2, students will explore the Television, Film and Music industries.

What goes well with this course?

  • English
  • Business Studies
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Film


This course provides a useful background for academic or vocational courses at university and/or employment in Media industries eg production companies, PR, Journalism, Advertising, Music Industry or teaching/lecturing in Media.


Course Content

Students will explore a wide range of media concepts and ideas, whilst looking at an exciting range of media texts including computer games, films, television programmes, adverts, the internet, music videos and print media. Students will make their own production in the first year and again in the second year of the course.  This could be in the form of a film, television poster, DVD or game cover, trailer, music video or short film.

Students will also study Media Industries focusing on the music, film and TV businesses. They will focus on the impact technology is having on production, distribution and exhibition using case studies. To support this module they will visit the BFI Reubens Research Library. At the end of the year, the department holds an annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate students' work.

Students will develop analytical research and practical media production skills throughout the year, preparing them for university courses and/or working in the media industry.


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips and presentations by visiting speakers.

Recently, Media Studies students visited London cinemas as part of the BFI London Film Festival, to take part in screenings, some with Q&A sessions with the Film Makers. They have also visited The Harry Potter Studios at Levesdon to participate in a story-boarding masterclass and study the set and costume designs.


This course is assessed by Coursework Portfolio including both research and production tasks. There is also a 2.5 hour examination.

The exam board for this A Level is WJEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 4 in English Language

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • are keen to produce their own media products
  • are willing to take part in debate and express their views
  • are interested in the role of media in modern society
  • are interested in how technology is changing media industries

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level in Media Studies information leaflet.

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