A Level Media Studies

Name of course

Media Studies

Examining board

Link to specification


OCR (A Level Media Studies: H409) 

The specification is here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-media-studies-h009-h409-from-2017/

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language or Literature

Why Media Studies?



You should choose Media Studies if you have a keen interest in all aspects of media and communication, including; film & television, social media, magazines, music videos & promotion, advertising campaigns, online platforms, journalism and print media.

The course will enable you to demonstrate:

• Sophisticated practical skills for creative media production, such as film editing on Final-Cut Pro, web-design and the production of print-media.

• Skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis

• A critical approach to media issues

• Appreciation and critical understanding of the media both historically and currently in society, culture, politics and the economy

• An understanding of the dynamic and changing relationships between media forms, products, media industries and audiences

• Knowledge and understanding of the global nature of the media

• Theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology of media analysis

• An ability to engage in critical debate about academic theories used in media studies

There will also be an array of extra-curricular opportunities from visiting universities to explore the academic application of media theory to visiting TV companies such as Channel 4 to see media industries and production in action.

Course Content



The Course is split into three areas of study

  • Media Messages – A) You will study news and online media, exploring how contemporary news and online media are evolving in a fast-paced, changing world. B) You will explore media representation and language in music videos, advertising and magazines.
  • Evolving Media - A) You will explore media industries and their audiences in relation to; film, video games, or radio. B) You will carry out an in-depth study of a television drama.
  • Making Media – You will create a media product in response to a set-brief, producing your own videos, marketing campaigns and packaging.

Where could this course lead to?


Career Paths

The boom in digital media in recent years has created unprecedented career options. As well as the more traditional industries (TV, film and journalism), Media students have found jobs in public relations, brand  development, on-line platforms and social media, smartphone app development, music, fashion, and in the communications departments of other non-media related businesses.

The study of media creates keen and confident communicators who understand how to reach wide audiences in a creative and influential way. It is a subject that opens doors in many industries and equips students with the skills and versatility to thrive and succeed in an ever-changing, fast –paced world.

Suggested Reading and resources



In order to prepare for media studies you should take a keen interest in consuming and actively thinking about/researching a wide-range of media products. Watching and reading about TV drama, successful film genres, video-games, magazines, the music industry, advertising campaigns and media theory.

The following link is a good starting point for exploring media theory https://www.slideshare.net/geoffjmoss/media-theories-3016026

Take a look at the different theoretical standpoints and pursue your own further research.

What our students say about studying Media Studies


“The great thing about media studies is that it is so multi-layered. You get to learn about such a huge range of industries and there is a really good balance between academic theory and practical case-studies, so you can always see how what you are doing is relevant to the real world.”

 “It’s so rewarding when you get to apply the theory you have learned. You feel really proud when you see your own work completed; a film you have made, or a poster campaign. It makes you feel like you are really involved in the media!”