Media Studies A Level

Media Studies A Level is a modern qualification which develops both your analytical and production skills. Half the course is assessed via coureswork, which consists of a range of options such as music videos or print based media. Students use a range of new technologies to complete their production coursework including Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop. There is also an exam-based unit which looks at a range of media – from television, film, newspapers and the Internet.


Course Content

Four units are included, two for the AS and two more for the full A Level. MS1 and MS2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape.


· MS1 requires candidates to carry out a cross-media study for unseen stimulus material in part one of the exam and to utilise a set of case studies for part two of the exam.


· MS2 requires candidates to produce three pieces of coursework. A pre-production piece such as a digital storyboard, a production piece such as a scene from a film and an evaluative, genre-based report.


In the second year A2 candidates will build on their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption – why as well as how texts are created as they are.


· For MS3, candidates will be required to write a research investigation on a representation topic of their choice. They will then create a linked production piece and write a short evaluation of the link between the two pieces.


· For MS4, candidates will utilise 9 case studies from 3 different industries: Film, Music and Advertising. The exam will cover topics such as representation, genre, audience and industry.


MS2 in the first year is coursework and is 50% of the AS marks. MS3 in the second year is coursework and is 50% of the A2 marks, making the coursework 50% of the final grade.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 38 points for your average GCSE score, Mathematics and English Language at grades A*-C /grades 9-4 plus at least three other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects and a satisfactory reference. No prior knowledge of Media Studies is required for entry on to this course. However, if you take GCSE Media Studies you must achieve at least a grade C / 4.

International Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5, High School Certificate Grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).

Duration and Delivery

The A Level qualification ia a full time course achieved over a two year period. In the first year you study the AS modules and in the second year you will study the A2 modules. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July.


A Level Media combines well with other creative and writing-based subjects and enables you to progress into both university education and employment.

Additional Information

Video equipment such as lighting and special lenses are provided by the College but many students achieve high marks through filming on their Smart phones. All editing software is available in the media classrooms.  


This course is delivered at our Kingston Hall Road centre.


The exam board is WJEC. The Specification is GCE Media Studies. You can find more information at For more information please contact our Admissions Team on  020 8268 3073 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Media Studies A Level is taught at Kingston College so is ideal for those based in South West London and Surrey.


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