Media Studies – Media Studies A Level


Understanding the Media and examining its role in society is key to our culture. Students will learn how to analyse a range of media text including genre, narrative and representation in a range of media texts including computer games, television and advertising.

In the second year of study, students work to produce their own industry standard media products such as magazine articles and posters.

Course Content

The course covers

  • Television in the Global Age
  • Magazines – Changing Representations
  • Media in the Digital Age – Video Games
  • Selling Images – Advertising and Music Video
  • News in the Online Age
  • Film Industries – from Wales to Hollywood

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • Analyse and discuss Media Products in detail
  • 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

This course is assessed through both examinations and coursework.

The exam board for this A Level is WJEC.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

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 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.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

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


What goes well with this course?

  • English
  • Business Studies
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Film


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online 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. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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