- Subject Area
- Creative & Digital Media
- Age Group
Shena Simon Campus
(Full Time - 2 years)
You might go through the day without ever noticing all the media that surrounds you, but if you’re the kind of person who wonders why an advert looks the way it does, questions the kinds of news stories that are reported, and always has comments to make about TV shows, then this A-Level Media Studies course is perfect for you.
You’ll look at a range of media platforms, understanding how they operate, who they are aimed at and how they link together. This will include a focus on social media platforms and how they’ve revolutionised the industry, and an investigation of whether print media is dead. You’ll also explore the different media institutions, how they influence final productions, and how certain identities are traditionally represented.
As part of the coursework for this Media Studies A-Level, you’ll be working to the brief of a fictional artist/group in the music industry and tasked with creating a new brand for them, focusing on using colours, signs and codes effectively. You’ll even complete a case study on Star Wars, or Being Human, True Blood and Vampire Diaries!
Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.
Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.
How will I be assessed?
For this Media Studies A-Level, assessment will be split 50/50, with half your mark based on your exam and half based on coursework.
Continuing Your Journey
With this qualification, you could go on to a number of different degrees at a university of your choice, or stay at The Manchester College and complete courses in Marketing, Psychology and Teaching.Careers page
You might wish to study Journalism or Sociology, English or Politics. Whichever path you choose, you’ll find the skills and experience you take from this media studies course will open a number of career opportunities for you. Previous students have gone on to work at Glastonbury and Google, Time Out magazine and Twitter, and one has even interviewed David Cameron and Peter Andre (though not at the same time!)
Fees, Finance & Funding
A-Level courses like this one are completely free for anyone aged 16-18 and progressing from school.Fees, finance and funding page
If you don’t fall into this category, there may be tuition fees to pay. But don’t worry, there is plenty of financial support available to help you afford college. We’ve put together all the different funding opportunities that you might be eligible for, ranging from grants and bursaries to dedicated loans for education.
Got a question?
Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.Make an enquiry
The English A level I did helped me build my English skills which made my understanding of many concepts easier and my writing more fluent, while media studies gave me a clear and wide picture of the media worldwide. I am now studying digital media and communication at Manchester Metropolitan University - first year, full-time.
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Creative & Digital Media
In a subject area that covers an incredible range of topics and disciplines – from animation and photography to directing videos and designing video games – you’ll never be stuck for choice in a future career.