You don’t need GCSE Media Studies to take the subject at A Level at Bilborough Sixth Form College but you will need creativity, imagination, a willingness to develop a range of technical skills and an interest in all aspects of the media: television, radio, magazines, video games, social media and the music industry. We follow the Eduqas specification and in 2017-18 we will be running their new, linear course for the first time. The course is assessed through a mixture of exams and practical coursework and you study a wide range of texts from popular TV dramas such as Humans to Assassin’s Creed and music videos by Beyonce.
You’ll work in a specialist mac suite and will have access to all the equipment you need to successfully produce practical projects. Much of the shooting for the coursework 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.
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.
Our links with HE
Many of the students from the course go on to study media related subjects at university and are working in a variety of roles in film, TV, music video production, animation, radio, marketing and journalism. Lots of students combine this subject with A Level Film Studies; universities are happy to accept both qualifications.