Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English Language or grade 5 in Media Studies (if studied).


Media Studies is an interesting course that will inform, enthuse and illuminate. You will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the media and its role in your daily life. You will also learn about the impact the media has on you in social, political and economic contexts.

What you will study

  • The role of the media both historically and currently in society, culture, politics and the economy
  • Find out about the changing relationships between media forms, products, media industries and audiences}
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the global nature of the media
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and subject-specific terminology to analyse and compare media products
  • Make informed arguments, substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues


Examination – 70%
Coursework – 30%

Course Support

  • Dynamic and engaging classes delivered by experienced staff
  • Additional tutorials to enhance knowledge
  • Regular revision sessions before exams
  • Access to a dedicated computer suite with a professional standard design program

Enrichment Activities

  • Workshops run by industry professionals
  • Film and journalism competitions (a great addition to university personal statements/job applications)
  • Trips and visits eg to New York
  • Talks from guest speakers /ex-students/ universities and external workshops


  • Access to the computer room and classroom.
  • For media production, we use the Adobe suite which includes InDesign, Photoshop and Premiere Pro that enable our students to manipulate photographs, design magazine and newspaper layouts and edit video footage.
  • A range of video and still cameras and green screen facilities which students can hire when completing their productions for coursework.


After this course, you can progress to a Media Studies or related degree or gain points for entry to a range of other degree subjects. You will develop employability skills for a wide range of career areas.

Career Opportunities

Students who have gained Media at Advanced Level have gone on to careers/courses in varied areas. For instance, these areas include IT, Digital Media, Media Production, Journalism, Public Relations, Business and Management to name a few.


Watch what our students have to say about studying Media Studies at Carmel College.

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Further Information

Media Studies Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification

What Our Students Say

Since joining Carmel, I’ve gained more confidence and independence through the endless opportunities that are offered here. There is great support from the staff and lots of facilities available around college for independent study. I enjoy A Level Media Studies as the tutors are very supportive and friendly, making me feel comfortable whilst being engaged in lessons.

I’d definitely recommend Media Studies as it allows you to expand your knowledge and develop analytical skills which are transferable in the constantly changing real world. It’s a really interesting subject to study, looking at topics such as Music Videos, Advertisements and Radio.

During my first year, I have visited Liverpool Hope University allowing me to experience what Media Studies might be like after Carmel which gave me insightful and useful information I can use in the future.

When I leave Carmel, I hope to study Marketing at either the University of Liverpool or the University of Leeds. Media Studies has provided me with the skills I will need to be successful at University and to achieve all my goals, shaping me into a harder working and self-motivated person.

Gemma Norfolk

Media Studies Gemma Norfolk Broughton Hall