A Level Media Studies is a unique course that combines academic theory and research with practical, hands on elements. It has close links with English, Sociology, Art, History and Film Studies. Media Studies offers learners the opportunity to critically explore the effect of mass communication on the world around them and then carry out in-depth studies of a range of media texts, from film and television to magazines. Any student thinking of taking A Level Media Studies should have good written and analytical skills combined with a certain amount of creative flair. Some existing knowledge of, or familiarity with, the media is essential, whether that is fascination with a certain film genre, an interest in political reporting in broadcast or print media, or a good eye for photography of the moving image.

Course outline

A level Media consists of two exams collectively worth 70% and one coursework project worth 30%. Exam 1 introduces learners to how media institiutions construct different media projects.

Exam 2 introduces learners to the changing world of media in the contemporary digital world. The coursework component asks learners to create three interlinked media projects in response to briefs set by OCR, drawn from moving image, print and online media.


The Media Studies department at Samuel Ward has excellent facilities and is equipped with the technical hardware and software necessary to deliver the A level course effectively.

Practical work is mainly focused on the moving image, and a suite of Apple Macs loaded with film editing software, including Final Cut Pro and iMovie is available in the Media Studies classroom. The department is also equipped with HD video cameras and industry standard tripods with stedi cam and dolly attachments, as well as a large green screen facility.

The classroom itself is fully equipped with an HD projector, allowing widescreen viewing of media for discussion and analysis.

Where will it lead to?

Careers that could be open to students include: film production; screenwriting; film research and many others.