The Media and Film Studies Department offers a range of successful and popular courses in a purposeful and welcoming environment. Highly qualified, enthusiastic staff, including a dedicated Media Technician support over 600 students on GCSE Media Studies, AS and A2 Media Studies, Film Studies courses. These courses aim to build on and extend enjoyment and knowledge of cinema, television, culture, advertising and other media forms by providing students with the opportunity to study a range of texts, explore production skills and develop media literacy.

Some FAQs

Q: Which subject should I choose?

A: There are similarities between Media Studies and Film Studies. The main difference is that in Media Studies you will analyse texts from a range of media forms, including films, obviously in Film Studies you will just analyse films! The best way to make a decision would be to visit an Open Evening and speak to staff and current students and take a look at some of our work.

Q: Are these subjects easier than other subjects?

A: Sadly not! The A Levels in these subjects are as rigorous as other A Levels, and require similar skills to English Literature (the close analysis of texts) alongside technical production skills. They are essay based courses that should be chosen if you enjoy, and are good at, writing.

“In a global environment where media dominate social, cultural and political life, media students at this level learn how engagements with media partly shape our knowledge and opinions. Rather than preparing for media careers, they are required to master complex critical theories relating to topics such as identity, representation and ideology, and to understand the workings of powerful media institutions and practitioners. These challenges at least equal those of supposedly "hard" subjects such as English, history or modern foreign languages” Julian McDougall Newman University College Cary Bazalgette Media Education Association

Q: Will I be able to work in the Media with these A Levels?

A: A Levels are usually a route into University, and, in common with other A Levels, the courses are academic rather than vocational so they will not train you for a job in the Media. A number of our past students have gone on to study Media related courses at University and to work in the media industries. You can see some case studies on these pages.

Q: What skills will a degree in one of these subjects give me?

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