Media

Media is one of the most rapidly changing aspects of our world – the power and effect of it is all around us.

On this course you will study the industry and learn how to create and produce your own media texts.

Although the theoretical framework will remain constant, the contexts and media products will be constantly evolving to reflect current trends, making this a dynamic and highly engaging media course.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language

What will I study?

Media One Section A: Media Language and Media Representations

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Music video

Media One Section B: Media Industries and Media Audiences

  • Radio
  • Newspapers
  • Film (industries only)

Media Two

  • Television
  • Magazines
  • Online media 
  • Video games

Media Studies engages students in the in-depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • Media language
  • Media representation
  • Media industries
  • Media audiences.

Students will study a variety of media theorists and theories alongside a range of set texts including Blinded by the Light (film), Horizon Forbidden West (video games), No Offence (TV) and Old Town Road (music video). 

Media is one of the most rapidly changing aspects of our world - the power and effect of it is all around us. Although the theoretical framework will remain constant, the contexts and media products will be constantly evolving to reflect current trends, making this a dynamic and highly engaging course.

How will I be assessed?

You are assessed through two two-hour written exam papers and a non-exam assessment.

For the NEA, you will create a cross-media product in response to a given brief. The NEA assesses your on your ability to create media products for an intended audience by applying your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to communicate meaning.

Further Education and Careers in Media

Courses you could study at university include:

  • English Literature and Language
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Photography and Film

Careers which require a Media qualification include:

  • Digital Marketer
  • Media Buyer
  • Media Planner
  • Media Researcher
  • Music Producer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Runner
  • Social Media Manager
  • Television/Film/Video Producer
  • Web Content Manager

Preparation Work

Please look at this work which will prepare you for your studies.