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Media Studies

Key Stage 5

The course offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of the key issues of media, using a comprehensive theoretical framework to facilitate analysis and debate. The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the course, offering opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms. The aim is that students will engage with the dynamic relationships between media products, media industries and audiences. Students are encouraged to develop their awareness of emerging and evolving media. They are also encouraged to explore and pursue their own media interests.

The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics, shaping our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, and participate in key aspects of society. The media industries employ large numbers of people and the course aims to equip students with enhanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary media products.


The minimum entry requirements for level 3 applied study apply. In addition, a Grade 5 in English is required. Students with a Grade 4 who demonstrate good literacy skills through the transition pack and initial assessment will also be considered.