A Level Media Studies Level 3 (2021 version)

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

This exciting and popular academic subject offers you a chance to study in detail the way the media communicates with its audiences. You will also be involved in production work, where you can put your knowledge to practical effect. The focus will be on the major media forms: TV, film, radio, music, print media and web-pages.

Topics in Year One include: Techniques used in the construction of media products, looking at target audiences; Analyse 3 different forms of media; Plan, produce and edit a music video and accompanying print product

Topics in Year Two include: Compare independent and mainstream productions; Compare 3 texts with their independent and foreign language counterparts; Continue to work on and complete your music video and accompanying print product.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including grade 5/C or above in English Language. A GCSE in Media or Film Studies or English Literature is advantageous because of the emphasis on analysing media texts and answer essay questions.

Where next?

You may wish to go into a Media related career or you can use this qualification as a stepping stone to Media courses at university. You can choose a programme that is more specialised – perhaps Media/Film/Photography. The skills you acquire in Media Studies will be very useful in a wide variety of careers – public relations, advertising, marketing, and teaching.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: emma.pleasants@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk