A Level Media Studies

Course Overview

Why study Media?

Given the media saturated world in which we live you may well ask if you can really afford NOT to consider studying the media. However, despite a common misconception, the subject is what it says – it is the STUDY of media and it is certainly not merely watching the television.
You should already have a genuine interest in a range of media and the course should enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the media and it's role in your daily life.

What's on the course?

In the first year you will study the representation of women, men, age, ethnicity, nationality, issues and events in a range of media. You will also develop an understanding of how and why audiences respond differently to certain texts. The focus is on contemporary representation but there will be some historical contextualisation. You will also be taught how to critically analyse a wide range of media texts such as television programmes, films, advertisements, web sites, magazines and newspapers.

In year two you will study texts from three different media platforms – TV, magazine and websites.
What our students say

'Trafford College is a great place to learn. I enjoy all of my subjects and my teachers are very helpful.'.......Elspeth Hartley

'I enjoy my courses at Trafford College. My teachers are always informative and supportive and I am aware of all the facilities available to me for whatever questions I may have.'......Georgia WilliamsContact Bernadette Barnett on 0161 952 4721 or email bernadette.barnett@trafford.ac.uk. Start date: 02/09/2019

Course Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including maths and English at grade 4 / C

Course Progression

What are the career opportunities? Students go on to study the subject at University while others choose related subjects such as journalism. There is also the opportunity to find work experience at Media City.

Course Assessment

The course is 30% coursework and 70% examination (being spread 35% over two exams). Coursework gives the students a chance to apply what they have learnt in a creative way, working to a specific brief around intended target audience and within the context of a specific industry.

Course Finance

The course fees for academic year 19/20 are £720.00

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