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.


  • Course Details:

    Exam Board


    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. (Working in your choice of TV, Print, Radio or Music Video with online supporting websites).

    This element of the course is supported by a dedicated Apple Mac suite, industrial standard media software and an independent workroom equipped with non-linear video editing and a Chroma key room. Video and still cameras are also freely available to students.

    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 delivered by a range of media texts specified by OCR. These will include contemporary news reporting (The Guardian and Daily Mail newspapers / magazines and their online presence, TV Long Form Drama (both English and non-English speaking examples), including Stranger Things and Icelandic Drama Trapped. An audience and industry study of the computer game Minecraft. A historical and contemporary study of advertising campaigns (Old Spice, Lucozade) are some examples among many other media and film texts.

    Students will develop a critical understanding of the media and of media products through the conceptual areas of Media Language, Media Audiences, Media Industries and Media Representations.

    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

    Faran Hodgins, former Withernsea High School
    A level Media Studies B Grade
    Leeds Beckett University
    BSc(Hons) Creative Media Technology, 1st Class
    Current Job – Digital Designer & Developer, Giacom World Networking, Hull

    Rachel Dean, former Beverley Longcroft School
    A Level Media Studies B Grade
    Nottingham Trent University
    BA(Hons) Print Journalism, 2.1
    Current Job – Client Relationship Manager, Mercury Design & Marketing, Hull

    Danielle McGarry, former Kelvin Hall School
    A Level Media Studies B Grade
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    BA(Hons) English, 2.1
    Current Job – Web Content Editor, Vaniday, Berlin

  • Course Showcase:

    New York Video