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A-level Media Studies

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  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,172 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults
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To apply for A Levels

Please choose an initial A Level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options. 

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

You will be introduced to a range of key concepts (representation, audience, ideology, genre, narrative, institutions) and learn how to apply these to analyse a variety of media texts (print, moving image, websites). You will study in detail the issue of representation and how this relates to audience. For example, how men and women, teenagers, old people, issues and events are represented in the media will be examined.

What subjects does it combine with?
This subject can be combined with Sociology, Psychology. English and Politics.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?
This course will lead you into a media based degree or a career in media or the creative arts.

How will I learn?
A-levels are taught in the classrooms and workshops of Paddington Green Campus

How will I be assessed?
There are two main parts to the exam (each worth 30%): At the end of the two year course there will be two exams in June, the first involving a comparative analysis of ‘unseen’ media texts set by the Board; an essay on representation that uses the analysis as a starting point but which extends this by using the students’ wider knowledge; and questions on media institutions and audience . The second exam consists of questions on the set media texts analysed throughout the second year. You will also produce practical coursework consisting of two pieces in two media formats. The practical can be print-based or moving image.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?
4-5 hours per week

Which awarding body is the course validation by?
WJEC Eduquas

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?
All A-level candidates must have a minimum of Six GCSEs – and all candidates must have GCSE English and Maths at level 6 or above..

Expected prior knowledge
n/a

English level
GCSE English Language must be a Level 6 and candidates should have at least Level 5 results in related subjects; eg – History, Sociology, English Literature.

Mathematics level
GCSE Maths Level 5​ or above.

​Equipment and other costs

Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationery; all other equipment will be provided.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email customer.services@cwc.ac.uk or come to one of our Open Days.


* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.