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School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old A-levels

A-Level Programme - Media

Our A-Level in Media is designed to allow you to explore different forms of the media and to analyse and understand how they are set up and operate.

Students on our A-Level Programme take a minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 A-Level subjects so please apply for all the subjects you'd like to discuss at interview.

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  • Course Description

    You will study a range of media texts and topics as well as the construction and deconstruction of media products, in the context of the key conceptual areas of media forms and conventions, media institutions and media audiences and media representations

  • Entry Requirements

    For the generic A-Level Programme you will need:

    • GCSE grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths, plus at least 3 more GCSEs at grade 5 or above

    For this specific A-Level you will need:

    • GCSE grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths, Grade 5 or above in Media if taken (if Media not taken then grade 5 or above in a relevant supporting subject such as English Literature, ICT, Photography, Art or Drama) and at least 2 others at grade 5 or above
  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    2 years

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*
    19+ £1,950

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    If you are aged 19 and over, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here. Alternatively, if you are aged 19-23 and have not yet completed a level 3 or above qualification, you may be able to receive this course for free. For further information and to complete our fee calculator, click here.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan

    If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    WJEC A-Level in Media Studies

    How is my course assessed?

    Year 1 - Media Representations and Responses - 2.5 hour written exam (50%).

    You will answer three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print based material. Units you will be studying include:

    • Introduction to media and theory framework
    • Representation of events and society
    • How to read a text, print and audio/visual
    • Film and Media theory
    • Media Production and Processes
    • Investigation and set texts in Advertising
    • Film industry
    • Music Video
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Planning for coursework production

    Year 2 - Media: Text, Industry and Audience - 2.5 hour written exam (50%).

    You will answer three questions (30 marks per question). Section A will require you to answer one question from a choice of two. Section B will require you to answer two questions from a choice of four. Candidates must answer each question on a different media industry. Students will follow a programme which combines class teaching with small group work, discussion, media production, audio/visual material, IT and research projects. Units you will be studying include: Audience response and reception. Different media industries. Media, text and audience. Media investigation and production. Learner chosen production, audio/visual such as a film trailer, music video or print-based, such as magazine creation.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 2 years


Tabitha Kaye

A-levels: English Language and Literature, History, Business and Media

“I have had such an amazing experience doing my A-Levels at CWA, I especially enjoyed sharing my journey with staff and other students. I can’t thank the staff enough for inspiring me and offering me unconditional support throughout my A-Levels. I couldn’t have done it without them and I feel it is important that staff are recognised for their efforts.”

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