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Media Studies


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Why choose Media Studies?

The media plays an increasingly important part in our lives and it is essential that everyone understands the power that the media has. This course will allow you to explore your own interests and to investigate subjects that concern you. If you are already a dedicated film buff, fascinated by celebrity images around you or interested in the way the press or reality TV shapes or destroys people's lives, then this may well be the course for you.


This course is available at A Level.

The course begins by studying media concepts, and applying this knowledge to a study of broadcasting, digital media and print. It extends into the contexts of media production, and looks at the key debates about media effects, ownership and censorship. You will develop your knowledge of media theory, considering issues such as semiotics, gender and ethnicity issues, and genre theories. Finally, you will produce a media product linked to your own research as a piece of coursework. Practical coursework is worth 30%. Examination sat in May/June is worth 70%.

Extending Your Experience

It is essential that you have a clear understanding of a wide range of media issues. You will no longer see yourself as just another viewer or listener but begin to question and challenge the way programmes and texts are made. We hope to introduce you to a range of people who have made their career in the industry.

Entry Requirements: Please refer to The John of Gaunt entry requirements

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will comprise of a mixture of examined and non-examined assessment.

Component 1: Written examination: 2 hours 15 mins, 35% of qualification

Component 2: Written examination: 2 hours 30 mins, 35% of qualification

Component 3: Non-exam assessment: Cross-Media Production, 30% of qualification

Moving on

You will learn to see the finer details in films, in television programmes, magazines and newspapers. The course will also allow you to learn more about texts that already entertain and inspire you. A Media Studies degree would help you to follow a career in Journalism, Publishing, or Broadcasting or even using digital media to facilitate marketing your own business.

Over one hundred universities offer courses in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies in the UK. A GCE in Media Studies helps you to progress to these courses, as well as to those in other areas such English, Humanities and Social Sciences. There is a huge array of career opportunities in the media, which is an industry that is growing at an exponential rate. According to accountancy giant PwC’s latest Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022, the entertainment and media sector will be worth £76 billion by 2023 and the video games sector is currently valued at more than half the UK’s whole entertainment industry.

If you are looking for a job in this area, studying Media at GCE and at degree level is a route into careers such as TV and film production, advertising, journalism, interactive media, and digital marketing. It could help to provide you with the foundation to secure roles in technical production, special effects, web design and postproduction