How are different groups of people represented in the media – for example women, or teenagers, or people from different regions of the UK? How is a film, magazine or a computer game constructed to grab the audience’s attention? We follow the WJEC specification. Our department’s results are impressive: at A-level 100 per cent of students passed and 90 per cent got A to C grades. Our students’ practical work achieves high marks but to be really good overall you’ll need a variety of technical and analytical skills and imagination, creativity and the ability to evaluate different media forms.
To study Media Studies at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C/4 or above in English GCSE, and if you have taken Media Studies at GCSE, a minimum grade B/5 in that subject.
Coursework involves students making their own films. Much of the shooting takes place outside college. To allow students to take the cameras off college premises it is essential that they are insured. As it is impossible to cover these items under the general college insurance, the department underwrites the insurance and charges each student a £15 fee to cover the cost. This money should be paid at enrolment in August.
Our links with HE
Our students go on to a variety of university courses, including Media Studies, Film Studies, Media & Film Production, Journalism, Advertising & Marketing, Games Design, English Literature, Psychology, Modern Languages and Economics. Many of those who study media-related courses do so at exellent departments within universities such as Bournemouth, Ravensbourne & Sheffield Hallam. Please note that A-level Media Studies may be taken alongside Film Studies, as universities are happy to accept both. If you’re unsure about the academic path you want to take, you can always ask our teachers for advice.