Media Studies

Why should I study this subject?

Media Studies is one of the defining subjects of our age. The media is having a profound effect on our social, cultural, political and economic lives. As a result, Media Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach which embraces politics, economics and psychological perspectives, as well as media law, regulation and ethics. Media Studies is a versatile subject which is both creative and academic, and can open up a vast array of future careers such
as; journalism, TV broadcasting, public relations, marketing, and social media.

What will I study ?

You will study a range of media products and forms such as:

• Television
• Film
• Magazines
• Newspapers
• Online and social media
• Advertising and marketing
• Radio
• Video games • Music videos


What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?

Good mechanical English and essay writing coupled with creativity and imagination.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in a wide variety of ways which will include both working independently and within groups. This will include: teacher/peer led sessions; presentations; audio visual production; use of IT; drawing.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by terminal exams and a coursework element.

What will the course prepare me for?

As a multi-disciplinary course drawing on theory and knowledge from a variety of subjects, plus combining analysis with creativity the subject is versatile and can prepare you for a variety of careers and HE choices

How much private study should I expect to do?

You are expected to do 4-5 hours per week which may include: research; writing essays; preparing a presentation; filming; taking photographs.

What materials will I need to purchase?
Stationery such as folders and A4 paper. No specialist equipment is required as this is available within the department.

What is the exam board?

WJEC

This subject is for you if
you are interested in both the theoretical and practical sides of the media and you perform equally as well in examinations and essay writing as you do in practical coursework. 

This subject is not for you if
you perform better with ongoing assessment rather than a final exam and/or you want to focus more on the practical production.