A Level inMedia Studies

A Level Media Studies is designed to enhance your enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of the media and its role in your daily life. The course introduces you both to media ideas and the practice of production, which gives you the chance to develop a real understanding of media platforms, the contemporary media landscape, and the influential role of the media in today's society.

Course Content

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences
Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth
Component 3: Cross-media Production - Non-Exam Assessment (NEA/coursework) module

Year 12:
We study 6 industries in this year from a range of theoretical frameworks (ways of understanding and analysing the media)

  • Music Videos - language and representation
  • Advertising - language, representation, and audience
  • Newspapers - language, representation, industry and audience
  • Video Games - industry and audience
  • Radio - industry and audience
  • Film - industry Theories we cover in this year include (but are not limited to): genre, feminism, stereotypes, binary oppositions, fandom, encoding/decoding, cultural industries.


Year 13:
We study 3 industries in this year from all 4 frameworks:

  • Global TV
  • Alternative and Mainstream Magazines
  • Online Media (Social media and websites)
  • Theories we cover in this year include (but are not limited to): postmodernism, gender performativity, identity theory, and 'end of audiences'

Features/Benefits

You will have the opportunity to work with digital video equipment.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
All Loughborough College Sixth Form courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:
GCSE English Language at grade 5.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice. international@loucoll.ac.uk

Assessment Methods

One x 2 hours 15 mins exam - (35%)
One x 2.5 hours - (35%)
Coursework - 30%

Progression Opportunities

Media Studies naturally lead to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. However, an awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers, such as social work, law, medicine, and education. By knowing how the media operates, you'll be able to decode messages more skillfully and engage with topics that interest you.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24A1WMS

OUR STUDENTS SAY

“The College has invested in recent years to improve the facilities for students: “There is a big library at the college where many useful books and journals can be found. Also, computers are available for student use in the college whenever they are needed and quiet places for studying can be found as well. I really like the fact that buildings in the college are newly built and also there are some shops and cafeterias available on site”

Rated 5/5 for her overall experience as an international student at Loughborough College.

Elina Kamilova

Kazakstan