Course Title AS/A Level Media Studies
Level: 3
Code MS026

Overview of the Course

This course enables you to analyse a variety of media products, with texts set by the awarding body. These include newspapers and magazines, television, film marketing and advertising, music video, computer games and online media. You will develop knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, audience and industrial and cultural contexts. Key media theories are also studied, with application and evaluation of these assessed through written examinations.

What are the career opportunities?

Studying Media Studies can provide you with a wealth of career opportunities including journalism (print and broadcast), television, film and radio production, research, advertising and marketing, digital media, press/magazine sectors, multimedia, graphics and photography.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher. In addition to these entry requirements, you must have GCSE English grade 9-5 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

There is a 30% coursework component which offers you the opportunity to use your own photographic, design and written skills to create original media products in a multimedia context. Components 1 (35%) and 2 (35%) are externally assessed through written examination with some unseen material.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will develop a range of transferable skills including communication and numeracy. Technical skills will be developed through the coursework production component and the examined components will develop analytical and evaluative skills. Wider skills such as time-management, independent study, organisation and working to deadlines are an integral part of the course.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Previous placements for media students have included the BBC, Sky Sports and Sky News, MUTV, the MEN, Lime Pictures, Bury and Rochdale FC marketing and press departments, Company Pictures (Skins and Shameless), Shed Productions (Waterloo Road), Key 103, Radio 1, Rochdale Observer, Bury Times, Tower FM and Xplode magazine.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. Enrichment includes guest speakers (including former students working in the media industries) and trips/visits. Previous media/film trips have included the Media careers convention at G-Mex, the BBC, Media City, Warner Bros Studios, Aesthetica Film Festival and Futuroscope (Poitiers).

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

A high-spec USB memory stick with a minimum 50GB capacity is invaluable for coursework purposes.


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