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Media Studies

Media Studies explores the relationships we form with the media and analyses how media products are made and how they operate.  

Why study Media Studies? 

You will study a wide range of media texts and examine the social, cultural, historical and political contexts that have influenced their creation.  

You will also develop creative and technical skills as you design and make your own cross-media product for practical coursework. 

Analysing and evaluating a media text is a sophisticated skill, and is looked upon very favourably by universities, who enjoy working with students who can ‘think critically’ 

What will I study?

The course is divided into theoretical study and practical coursework. As part of your theoretical approach to the subject you will look at a range of media areas, including newspapers, advertising, music videos, television and radio, video games, and film. You will answer questions like, who creates media products and what impact does this have on the messages contained within them? How are media products put together and how does the audience consume the product? 

Part of your time will be spent in practical media production producing a cross media product in video, print, radio or web design. This could be shooting and editing an opening to a TV programme or music video, creating a film marketing campaign or making a magazine. Vlogging and podcasting are also an option. 

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?


There are two final exams worth 70% plus a piece of coursework which is worth 30% of the final grade.

Where could it take me?

The majority of our students will go on to university to study a related degree course such as media studies, media production, journalism, media technology, television and radio, film and screen studies or even production management.  

We have had students who have achieved prestigious apprenticeship places at institutions like the BBC. We also have a significant number of students who go on to study at a Russell Group University on unrelated degrees. 

Subject combinations

Media works well with humanities, Business Studies, Politics, all English courses, all Art courses and Film Studies.  

What support is available?

Our dedicated Media Technician is on hand to deliver individual workshops and support you when using the equipment. We offer one-to-one and group tutorials and have run a successful student mentoring system. 

We have a wide range of online resources such as films you can view via our ‘Learning On Screen’ access, Microsoft Teams and Moodle.

What extracurricular activity is available?

You will be invited to participate in a wide range of activities such as Winstanley TV, cinema trips and visiting expert workshops. Recently the college has visited London, New York and Hollywood! 

Did you know?

  • 87% of media graduates go straight into media paid work. 
  • On average 67% of our students achieved an A or A* grade in their coursework over the last 3-years. 

Winstanley TV

Winstanley TV is part of our huge enrichment programme. Using our state-of-the art facilities including a television studio and editing room, students plan and execute their own news show! View the latest episode here: