Media Studies

Course content

By studying Media at 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 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.

Progression & careers

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.

Course details

  • Study units & entry requirments
  • Assessment
  • How to apply

Study units

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

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grade A* to C and a portfolio of creative work.


Combination of exams (50%) and coursework (50%).

How to apply

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