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About the course

The OCR AS Level Media Studies course is a comprehensive and engaging exploration of the multifaceted world of media. It is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of media in all its forms, from television and film to magazines, newspapers, and digital platforms. Throughout the course, students delve into key concepts such as media language, representation, audience, and institutions. They critically analyse media products, uncovering the techniques used to convey messages and shape perceptions. Additionally, the course places a strong emphasis on the social, cultural, and political contexts that influence media content and production. Students are encouraged to think critically, collaborate, and develop media literacy skills that are essential in our media-saturated society. The OCR AS Level Media Studies course equips students with the knowledge and analytical tools to navigate the ever-evolving media landscape and to become informed and critical consumers and producers of media content.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE English Language or English Literature at score of 5 or above.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

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Why study?

Media can open doors to many different career paths. It's an exciting, diverse course that enables you to become familiar with a variety of media institutions, audiences, media products and services. You will learn how to deconstruct all kinds of media imagery (still or moving image) and draw conclusions as to what their messages are. The technical and analytical skills offered will stand you in good stead for the media industry or in further education.

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Production Projects
  • Critical Reviews
  • Professional Software and Programmes
  • Practical Workshops
  • Digital Media Creation

Where will this course take me?

Each year several students continue their study of Media at university, either as a single subject degree or as part of a wider degree such as Marketing.

Core modules

  • Media Theoretical Framework
  • Film
  • Long Form TV Drama
  • Music Videos
  • Radio
  • News and Online Media
  • Magazine
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Non-Exam Assessment (coursework)

How will I be assessed?

Exam (70%)

Coursework (30%) 

Will I have to provide anything?

Studio & Equipment Charge

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What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.