A-level Media Studies

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

Today we live in a totally media-saturated society. Almost any form of popular culture can be accessed from hand-held devices and most of us spend hours a day on-line; even news headlines are now more likely to be sent automatically to our phones rather than actively sought out through TV broadcasts or in print. The mass media is a constant presence, yet for many the idea of studying the Media still seems irrelevant. Media Studies A-level aims to debunk this myth and to reveal the power of the mass media in our lives, using the key concepts which underpin the study of the media today, media language, media representations, media industry and media audiences, but also contains a large practical element. This subject is analytical, questioning and prepared to challenge ideas, so you will need to be prepared to look at the media in a far more critical way.


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Ideal if:

Media is very much an academic discipline and successful students are analytical, questioning and prepared to challenge ideas. It is important that students have an active interest in the media and are willing to study, both in class and at home, a range of films, TV programmes, radio shows, websites and podcasts, to name but a few.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

The course will develop your understanding of how the media influences contemporary culture and society and plays a major role in almost everyone’s lives.


Small group sizes, outstanding staff and close tutorial support.

You’ll love:

This course will prepare you for a wide range of media related careers; it will prepare you as you produce and evaluate your own media production. You will gain an ability to analyse media products and their construction and know how to produce media products across different platforms.

You’ll go on to:

Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment. Media Studies can lead to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. Media can also support other careers such as social work, law, medicine and education.


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A-level Media Studies

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 years

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