A Level – Media Studies


Any student with an interest in the Media and/or thoughts of following a Higher Education course in Media / Film / Communications / Journalism / Cultural Studies would benefit from taking this course.

Creative Digital Media Prodution
  • Who Is This Course For?

    Any student with an interest in the Media and/or thoughts of following a Higher Education course in Media / Film / Communications / Journalism / Cultural Studies would benefit from taking this course.

    Media Studies is also an excellent choice of subject for people who wish to work in the media industries – Television, Film, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Music and Advertising as well as in conjunction with other associated subject areas such as Photography, Graphics, Art and Design, English.

    Anyone with an interest in how still and moving images communicate with an audience and wish to explore how meaning is created within the contemporary world in which we live should choose Media Studies.

    Entry criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    OCR

    This contemporary, accessible and creative course has been designed to allow learners to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating their own media production.

    Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of a wide range of media forms and contexts. It will enable students to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the media in both an historical and contemporary context.

    Over the two year A-Level, Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding across a range of different media forms and will develop a critical understanding of the media and of media products.

    Students will respond to a short, unseen moving image extract in exam conditions and will apply their knowledge and understanding of the media to the creation of their own media product.

    Students will study:

    Media Language—How the media through codes, conventions and technical elements communicate meaning. ie: Why is that particular camera angle / shot used?

    Media Representation—How the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups.

    Media Institutions – How the media industries production, distribution and transmission affect media forms and platforms.

    Audiences—How the media target, reach and address audiences, how audiences respond to media and how audiences becomes media producers (Social Media, Memes).

    Students will explore the above areas using examples of: Television, Film, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Advertising and Marketing, Online, Social and Participatory media, Video Games, Music Video.

    Exam Board Assessment

    70% Examination, 30% Coursework.

    Departmental Enrichment

    The department runs a regular visit to the IMAX screen at the Bradford Media Museum and has, for the past six years, run a visit to New York.

    The Media Studies Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The Media Studies department has three dedicated media teaching rooms with permanent access to the Media resource room which is equipped with PCs and a suite of Mac computers for the use of Media students. The department is also equipped with HD digital video editing suites and a chroma-key room.

    All students receive printed module notes, a wide range of hand-out materials and access to resources via the college VLE.

    Creative skills, including magazine design, photography and some Photoshop ability are part of the course but no experience is necessary in these areas as you will be supported by our experienced teachers and skilled technician. As a department we ensure opportunities are available to enhance learning, develop skills and confidence in this area.

    The Media Studies staff team is:

    • Tim Anderson (Head of Media)
    • Rebecca Ives
    • John Hamlin
    • Liam Peachey (Digital Media Technician)

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    Engage with the media that is all around you. Watch and examine what you are familiar with, with a critical eye.

  • Progression:

    Having A Level Media Studies can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university, Media Studies can work on its own or in conjunction with many other subjects. Film, Photography, Art and Design, Graphics, Sociology, Psychology, Advertising, Entertainment Management, History, Travel, Politics and English. Media offers a wide ranging scope for study in our media dominated world.

    Former Student Case Studies

    Charlotte Frank
    From Wyke, Charlotte studied BA(Hons) Creative Advertising at Leeds College of Art. After graduating she went on to work for one of the world’s largest advertising agencies Y&R in both their New York and Budapest offices as a creative copywriter. Charlotte has now returned to the UK and works in the social media industry.

    Sophie Kitching
    Former Cottingham student, Sophie is currently working as a digital journalist at the Hull Daily Mail. This involves supplying copy and shooting video for distribution on the newspaper’s website. Sophie studied BA(Hons) Digital Journalism at the Leeds Metropolitan University and also worked at the BBC presenting news broadcasts.

    Ben Underwood
    After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, Ben formed his own video production company with fellow Wyke student Jack Waller. “Neonn Video” is now firmly established producing corporate, entertainment and educational material.

  • Course Showcase:

    New York Video