Media Studies A-level

2 years
South Sefton Campus

Course Details

Media Studies brings together a great variety of different skills.

Whether you are analytical or creative, it provides opportunities to flex those creative muscles and create work that is truly original.

You can learn new practical skills in the production of your own media texts whilst engaging with something that truly interests you.

You will study various concepts and ideas including who media audiences are, why audiences consume and use the media, how audiences respond to different media and how different groups are represented by the media.

These areas are discussed through the study of different types of media, such as, advertising, magazines, television, video games, internet, radio and newspapers.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn new technical skills in photography and video editing, putting these to good use in the creation of your own media texts.

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved a grade 4 in English Language. If Media has been studies previously then a grade 4 is required. 

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

EDUQAS A-level Media Studies (603/1149/6)
  • Examination – Component 1 (Media Products, Industries and Audiences)
  • A-level (35%)
  • Examination - Component 2 (Media Forms & Products in Depth)
  • A-level (35%)
  • Coursework – Component 3 (Cross-Media Production)
  • A-level (30%)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
Media students go on to study Media at university, production based degrees, specialist training in an aspect of Media production e.g. camera operation and careers in Journalism, TV/Film/ Radio production, Advertising/Marketing and Public Relations.

University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.