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A-Level Media

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Study the inner workings of the media industry and understand the theories that underpin how we interact with the world of TV, film, print, radio and digital online media through the study of a wide range of contemporary media products. Develop practical skills using industry-standard creative software to design magazines, build websites and create a range of video productions. Throughout the course you will use these skills to produce a selection of coursework following live briefs for local and College projects. You will study:

  • Media theory and critical theoretical approaches
  • Close study products from 9 media platforms
  • Creative and practical skills in video production, print design and online media
  • Media language, media audiences, media representation and media industries
  • Social, historical and political perspectives

This course is approximately 70% exam and 30% coursework.


What Does The Programme Include

You will utilise your creativity through practical work which will include the use of specialist software to prepare newspaper and magazine layouts, as well as the preparation of film pieces. You will also take part in group work, investigations of contemporary case studies, presentations, research projects and regular practice exam questions.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirements for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level subject has its own additonal entry requirement, please see below:

Standard requirement.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Additional Information

You will complete coursework that accounts for 30% of the final assessment. You will be given a set brief which comprises of two practical products working with other departments in college to create a professional standard media product.

Potential Future Career

Example job roles:

  • Marketing Assistant
  • Advertising Assistant
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Event Organiser
  • Information Officer
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Market Researcher
  • Writer
  • Online Blogger
  • Public Relations Assistant

Studying further: Progress to study the HND in Creative Media at University Centre Stamford or degrees in Journalism, PR, Advertising, Marketing, TV and Film Production at university.


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I achieved A*, A*, A and secured a place at The University of Nottingham to study Theoretical Physics and work towards my PHD.

Thomas Vincent



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