Media Studies

A Level - A Levels

Start Date

4th September 2018

Course Duration

2 years


Full time


Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course Overview

The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. You will learn about media institutions, how media texts are distributed and the impact of new
technologies on media industries. You will explore media forms and the construction of narrative and meaning in the media. You will be expected to engage critically with the messages and values that underpin media texts.
The course will focus on exploring these key issues through theoretical frameworks and engaging in in-depth, critical analysis.
You will debate key critical questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media. You will explore historical, contemporary and non-English speaking texts, as well as texts you may be more familiar with.
You must be willing to consume a wide variety of media and not just to limit yourself to what you enjoy. You will actively participate in class discussions and learn how to critique the media around you.

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Progression and Career Opportunities

Degree subjects could range from marketing and advertising, to film theory or media production. Employment sectors could include journalism, radio broadcasting or the TV and film industry.

The balance between theory and practical projects gives you a genuine feel of the industry - I created a film trailer as part of a media project that I enjoyed making so much, I decided to embark on a Film and Media degree at the University of Sunderland. It was honestly one of my favourite subjects and I’d highly recommend it.

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Allison Crawford

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Head of Department, Film and Media

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