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Media A Level - Level 3


In the media-dominated world of the 21st century, wars are won and lost on television, celebrities seem more familiar to us than real life friends and our identities mirror figures from sport, music and fashion.

You will be taught how to analyse the various forms of media that we consume every day, developing the ability to deconstruct advertising, film, television, radio and the press.

You will also undertake a creative project, applying the skills you have learned to create your own media products.

Trips to the cinema and industry-related places, such as the Museum of the Moving Image in London, are organised each year.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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September 20181485Apply online

How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June with some additional coursework assessment.

Success rates

A Level pass rates 2015 - 100%.

The college has a consistently high pass rate for the Media Studies A Level year after year.

What does the course lead to?

Careers in film, radio and television are all possible options for Media Studies students. Employment ranges from journalism and TV criticism to production and broadcasting, as well as a host of other varied and interesting opportunities.

What will I study?

Investigating and creating media, critical perspectives and research and producing media. 

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

You can opt to study media at university or gain access to other courses that link in with the areas covered on the A Level (film studies, sociology and public relations for example). 

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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