Course overview

Media Studies A Level City of Bristol College

Media is an important, powerful and enjoyable aspect of modern life. This popular subject allows you to explore a range of academic disciplines and develop your analytical capabilities while also experimenting with creative tasks.

This course is an option within our creative and humanities A Level pathways.

  • Creative Pathway course code: ALCREATIVE
  • Humanities Pathway course code: ALHUM

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for 16-18 years olds looking to study A Levels.

What you'll learn

You will learn how language and representations are used to create meaning.

You will also explore who watches, reads and consumes different media products. You will consider how different people might respond to products differently, and why.

During this course, you will study many different media forms, such as:

  • TV and film
  • Online media
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Newspapers
  • Social media
  • Music videos
  • Radio
  • Video games

As well as learning the theory behind media, you will apply what you learn by working on your own media projects.

Course entry requirements

To join this course you will need six GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Assessment will comprise of a mixture of examined and non-examined assessment.

Future career and study opportunities

Media Studies provides students with an impressively broad base of skills and knowledge that enables them to pursue a wide variety of university courses or careers.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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