Media A Level


Understanding the Media and examining its role in society is key to our culture. Students will look at the representation of different social groups across a range of media including news based texts.  Students will also look at issues surrounding the consumption of media and the impact new technology is having on the development of media industries.  Assessment is through both written exam and practically assessed coursework for which students have the opportunity to develop their own media texts, developing skills in print, moving image and web design.

Take a look at some students' recent creations in the Media & Film Video Gallery.

What goes well with this course?

Media may be combined with any subject but will combine particularly well with other essay based and/or creative subjects such as:

  • English
  • History
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Business
  • Art & Design (Fine Art)
  • Photography
  • Film 
  • Sociology


A Level Media 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.  There are also a number of specialist courses available in areas such as visual effects, sound design and digital media.

Student work: Empire Magazine

Student work: Empire magazine cover

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)

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

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:

  • 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

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

Guest Speaker Programme and Activities Programme


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 4 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 2019

The application form for the academic year 2019-2020 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2019 is 1st November 2018. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2018 will be placed on a waiting list.

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

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Media information leaflet.

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