Understanding the Media and examining its role in society is key to our culture. During this course students will analyse a range of different media texts and develop an understanding of the forms and conventions of media language, whilst considering the issues of social representation. The changing relationship between media industries and audiences in the digital age will also be explored.

The course culminates with in-depth studies of news and long-form TV drama, where students will apply and evaluate relevant critical theory. Assessment is primarily through written exam, although practically assessed coursework gives students the opportunity to shape their own media texts, developing skills in moving image production and web design.

What goes well with this course?

Media Studies may be combined with any subject but will combine particularly well with other essay-based subjects such as:

  • English
  • History
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Film Studies
  • Sociology


A Level Media Studies will prepare students for a range of careers in fields such as Public Relations, Journalism, Advertising, TV Production and Events Management.  Students can also progress to study Media in various forms at degree level, focusing on either theory, practice or both.

Course Content

This course covers:

  • Representation in media texts
  • Media language
  • New media technologies
  • Media audiences and industries
  • Media production (including print, web design and moving image)

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Media students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • Reigate College’s Film and Media Awards evening
  • A visit to the Sky Skills Studio to experience life behind the scenes at Sky News and to gain an insight into possible careers in the Media industry
  • A visit by Oscar winning Director Lee Cleary  (The Hurt Locker) who enthralled Media and Film students with his tales of getting started in the Film Industry, careers advice and forecasts for the future direction of cinema
  • A visit to Vivid Broadcast, a local Media company in Brighton, who were filming a short drama
  • A residential ‘Video School’ trip
  • A trip to New York where students had a guided tour of the Museum of the Moving Image as well as a chance to see locations used in various Hollywood films
  • A TV studio work experience trip to Farnborough HE College

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


This course is assessed through both written examinations (70%) and coursework (30%). The coursework involves practical media production work in which students are expected to demonstrate a range of production skills across three different media. The exam board for this A Level is OCR.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at  Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 5 in English Language

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • Are keen to produce their own media pieces
  • Are willing to take part in debate and express their views
  • Are interested in the role of media in modern society
  • Are interested in how technology is changing media industries

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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