Course overview

Media studies is a two year A level course which aims to enable students to  have a deeper understanding of the media’s role in society, culture, politics and the economy. It enables students to explore the usefulness of critical ideas about the media and of academic theories and subject-specific terminology. It also emphasises the importance of creative responses to media issues and debates, including media production.

The course focuses on a range of media texts and enables students to develop a critical understanding of the media, engaging with a range of theoretical frameworks to interrogate the nature of the industry and the texts which it produces. So if you enjoying analysing and discussing a range of texts this is the course for you. It is also an A level with a practical element so if you enjoying being creative and putting knowledge into practice this is a good choice of subject. 

What will I study?

Media studies focuses on key issues and debates in relation to language, representation, the media industry and audiences. In order to explore the topics at A level a range of critical and analytical frameworks will be employed to evaluate the way that the media is constructed and operates. Student understanding of media will be developed through theoretical perspectives such as semiotics, feminism, post modernism and post colonialism. In lessons students will engage in a range of tasks which enable them to learn the theory which underpins the course as well as practically apply theory in the production of coursework. 

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Students will be able to gain first-hand experience of working in the industry with the offer of a workplace in the summer term of the first year
  • You will have the opportunity to experience at least two trips during the course of the two year programme to places like the BBC, various London venues and other localised media production companies
  • Guest speakers will be provided as a form of enrichment and will come from various facets of the industry as well as from the University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.

What's next?

Media studies can lead in to a wide range of degrees, from further studies of media, to cultural studies, English, sociology, politics, journalism, business, marketing or a range of combined subjects would be available. There are also diploma courses available for media and journalism and some employers off apprenticeships within the industry.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or English literature.

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