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A Level

Course Overview

Media Studies explores a range of contemporary forms of mass communication such as TV drama, music videos, video games, advertising and film marketing, newspapers and magazines, and online and social media.

You will study the values and messages within the media, how media texts are constructed, how people, places and events are portrayed, and how audiences respond to different media.

The course combines theoretical exploration and analysis with practice and you will develop a range of technical skills throughout the course.

Course Topics

Media Products, Industries and Audiences

  • Analysis of examples from advertising, marketing, music video and newspapers, using the key media theoretical approaches.
  • Look at the ways in which the industries of advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio and video games function

Media Forms and Products in Depth

  • More developed critical analysis of television, magazines and online media.
  • You will developed a sophisticated ability to ‘read’ and interpret the media, looking at specific examples.

Cross-Media Production

  • Practical work which allows you to put into practice the theory you have learned.
  • Briefs are offered every year and focus around advertising and marketing, television, magazines and online media.


Course Features

  • A mix of academic and practical study allows for a variety of exciting and engaging study which suits a variety of interests and learning styles.
  • Develop technical and practical skills by using the department’s wide facilities, including: the green screen, DSLR cameras, sound recorders and studio.
  • Develop analytical and evaluative skills in reading a wide range of media, and learn how to debate ideas academically through application of contemporary theoretical approaches.


  • Exams: 70%
  • Coursework: 30%
  • Awarding Body: Eduqas


Results: 100%

Where Courses Become Careers

The range of skills required within Media Studies is recognised by both employers and universities as adaptable for a variety of courses and occupations.

The media industry employs a wide range of people: editors, journalists, engineers and researchers.

Within TV you can work in front of and behind the camera as camera operators, editors and production assistants.

There are numerous opportunities in radio and print journalism, and online media offers numerous opportunities to work via the internet in a wide range of occupations.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

The opportunity to visit London during your second year of study.

A variety of guest speakers throughout the year from industry and universities, providing insights into contemporary media practices.

Opportunity to develop skills in the College’s Film Crew and Futures Programme, producing content for the college, for external companies and community groups.



If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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