Media Studies


Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardOCR 

Additional Entry RequirementsGCSE Grade 6 in English Literature or Language 

Why study Media? 

Students who are keen to understand the world around them, to investigate how the media informs, persuades and entertains. Students who are keen to design and create their own media productions using modern media technologies. 

Students studying English, Art subjects, Design and Technology, Drama, Music, ICT, Business, Psychology or Sociology will find familiar and transferable ideas in Media Studies. 

Contrary to press reports, Media Studies is not an easy option, nor need it restrict progression to even the most demanding universities/courses. 

Course Content 

The mass media has been the dominant cultural form of the last 100 years; today it not only reflects our attitudes and values, it may also shape them. How and why they do that, and the consequences for all of us, are at the heart of Media Studies. 

Students will learn both media analysis and media production. The course mostly comprises theoretical and critical debates & discussions. However, they will also learn video and print production techniques in order to produce their own production pieces. 


Coursework (30%) 

Examination (70%) 

Careers in Media 

Any career following on from a knowing how to write well, construct opinions and present information clearly to different audiences.  Also specialised work in television, film, radio, journalism, advertising, marketing, retailing, graphics and design. 

Useful Links: 

OCR Media Studies A-level page: 

Amazon listing for OCR Revision Guide (use the ‘Frequently Bought Together’ option on this page for all three textbooks):