Media Studies

A Level


Qualification Type

A Level

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE English – Grade 4 and, if studied, grade 4 in GCSE Media Studies.


70% Exam (Paper 1 – 32.5%, Paper 2 – 37.5%) – externally assessed.
30% Non-Exam Assessment – teacher-assessed.

Opportunities for Work Related Activities

This will consist of visits to media industries in Bristol and London. Links to Talent Ticket with the BBC and BFI opportunities. Q&A sessions with industry professionals. Cinema trips to the Watershed in Bristol.
Learn the impact of technology on our society and how the media shape our understanding of the world. Make films using Adobe Premier Pro! Study the Media then be a part of it!

Course Overview

Year 1

Year One – Media Messages

Section A – News. An in-depth study of contemporary news in the UK.
Section B – Media Language and Representation. Exploring representation through advertising, marketing and music videos.

Non-Exam Assessment component. Students plan, film and edit their own media text in response to an OCR set brief (for example, a music video and accompanying web-site).

Year 2

Year Two – Evolving Media

Section A – Media Industries and Audiences. Learners will explore media industries and audiences through media products such as radio, film and video games.
Section B – Long Form Television Drama. Learners will engage in an in-depth study of television as an evolving global media form.


University degrees in media production, cultural studies or English. It will also be very useful for going on to study other creative/practical courses like photography or graphic design and courses such as business studies and marketing.


Media production; camera person; director; editor; advertising; marketing or PR.