Media Studies

Course Overview

A Level Media Studies will enable you to develop the analytical skills required for making sense of the key role the mass media makes in modern society. Learners study a range of media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. Learners will also consider established media forms alongside more contemporary forms, developing an awareness of emerging and evolving media.

Course Outline

Students will research and write about a variety of media products. They will engage in classroom activities such as textual analysis, group discussion and practical work.

Component 1:

  • Media Products
  • Industries
  • Audiences

Component 2:

  • Media Forms
  • Products in Depth

Component 3:

  • Cross Media Production


  • 2 written exams: 2 hours 15 and 2 hours 30
  • 200 marks
  • 70% of A Level


An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board. This will incorporate digital technologies such as photography and photo manipulation and non-linear film editing software.

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4, including Maths and English, with at least two at grade 6. You do not need to have studied GCSE Media Studies, but if you have, you need a grade 4.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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