Course Type: Full Time

Media Studies

  • Course Code CG60018
  • Start Date 6th September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

A Level Media is studied as a part of our full time A Level study programme.

Media is both the highly practical and theoretical, and gives you skills in critical analysis; and research. You’ll develop a broad commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries; and learn to initiate creative work in written, audio visual and other electronic media. You need to be able to work to a brief and meet deadlines.

Media focuses on the communication of information across different mediums. The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively is beneficial to every organisation so the skills learnt here are very widely applied.

We are living in the age of the digital revolution, where anyone connected to the internet can speak to the world about anything. The lines between media consumer and media producer are being blurred. Have you ever contributed to a forum, shared music or pictures over the internet, used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Snapchat, or uploaded videos onto a site such as YouTube? If so, then you are as much “the media” as Sky, Disney and The Guardian.

At Gateshead College, the A Level in Media Studies will provide you with a range of skills, including theoretical knowledge of the media, an appreciation of the way the media industry is structured and how it is operated, practical skills in media production, and a show reel or portfolio of work. You will gain technical skills relating to several media areas, for example magazines, newspapers, blogs and video production, including short films, trailers and music videos. You are able to gain vocational experience in areas such as video production and journalism through industry links.

Where can I go?

You could move on to study for a degree or higher qualification in a related subject, as well as relevant employment in video production, journalism, advertising, public relations and teaching.

The A Level in Media Studies is successful in preparing students for higher education or employment, with 100% achievement rates at both AS and A2 level, along with 48% high grades (A-B) at AS and 63% high grades (A*-B) at A2.

Students studying the course have progressed onto a range of degree courses, including video production, journalism and creative writing, at institutions across the country.

How will I learn?

The A-Level Media Studies course is comprised of 70% theory and 30% practical work

Section A: Media Industries and Audiences

Learners will engage in an overarching study of media industries, audiences and their associated contexts through media products set by OCR in the following media forms:

 Film, Advertising and Marketing, Radio,  Magazines, Video Games, Music Video.

Section B: Long Form Television Drama

Learners will engage in one in-depth study of television as an evolving, global media form. Learners must study one complete episode of a contemporary English Language long form TV drama to inform their study.

 Mr Robot: (Season 1, Episode 1 June 2015) BBFC 15

House of Cards: (Chapter 1, January 2013) BBFC 18

 Homeland: (Season 1, Episode 1, October 2011) BBFC 15

Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming (Season 1, Episode 1, January 2011) BBFC 18.

Section C: News and Online Media

This section consists of two linked in-depth studies that focus on contemporary news in the UK, requiring learners to explore how and why newspapers and their online counterparts are evolving as media products and the relationship between both online and offline news.


Learners must study the Daily Mirror and The Daily Telegraph to inform their studies.

Online social and participatory media

Learners must study the Mirror Online and The Telegraph websites to inform their studies.

Practical Work

Learners will create moving image based advertising brief. The type of product and full details of the brief for the advert will be set by OCR in September.

Who will teach me?

Our teachers are ambitious, talented and passionate about making your experience at college the very best it can be. They have up to date industry experience to share with you and the energy and enthusiasm to help you to get where you need to be. The A-Level Media Studies programme is led by John Simmons, who has a BA (Hons) in Film and Media and has experience of teaching over a broad area of media theory and production in different further education settings. John is also the lead teacher on our new A-Level Film Studies course. 

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

8 GCSE's grade B (6) or above

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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