Media Studies


The media play an essential role in shaping our lives. Studying A-level media will enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of different media forms and provide you with both a critical understanding and opportunity for creating media products. You will discover that media is not simply about entertainment, but that it is an influential form of communication. Through close textual analysis of film, television, print and new media, and the investigation of media industries, you will understand just how powerful the media is.


MS1 is the examination unit of AS Media Studies. This unit requires you to make links between the media text itself, the representations within the text and the audience/users that consume it. MS2 is the course work unit of the AS course that you will complete in class and at home. This unit allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of media texts and to illustrate your skills in: research, production and evaluation. MS3 is the course work at A2 Level and covers Media Investigation and Production covering; genre, narrative and/or representation. MS4 is the exam at the end of the A2 Level and looks at three areas of Media: Text, the Industry and Audience.


Media industries are one of the biggest employers, whether your interest lies in production or in front of an audience. Most universities offer a range of mediarelated courses including advertising, film, TV, radio and music production as well as more academic studies such as journalism.


5 A*-C grades preferably with a B grade in English at GCSE.
Media studies combines well with many other subjects including - Art, Graphics, Sociology, History and Psychology.