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A-Level Media

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Study the inner work­ings of the media indus­try and under­stand the the­o­ries that under­pin how we inter­act with the world of TV, film, print, radio and dig­i­tal online media through the study of a wide range of con­tem­po­rary media products.

Devel­op prac­ti­cal skills using indus­try-stan­dard cre­ative soft­ware to design mag­a­zines, build web­sites and cre­ate a range of video pro­duc­tions. Through­out the course you will use these skills to pro­duce a selec­tion of course­work fol­low­ing live briefs from local and col­lege projects.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will utilise your cre­ativ­i­ty through prac­ti­cal work which will include the use of spe­cial­ist soft­ware to pre­pare news­pa­per and mag­a­zine lay­outs, as well as the prepa­ra­tion of film pieces. You will also take part in group work, inves­ti­ga­tions of con­tem­po­rary case stud­ies, pre­sen­ta­tions, research projects and reg­u­lar prac­tice exam questions.

Entry Require­ments

The stan­dard require­ment for A Lev­els at Stam­ford Col­lege is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above as a min­i­mum for human­i­ties sub­jects and 6/B in maths for all sci­ence subjects.

Each A Lev­el sub­ject has its own addi­tion­al entry require­ments, please see below:

Min­i­mum grade 5/C or above in maths and 6/B in two human­i­ties subjects.

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you. We offer an online inter­view which will explain the A Lev­el pro­gramme and also allow for an infor­mal chat with the tutor for each sub­ject before an offer to study with us can be made to you.

Once enrolled one of the ways we make sure the course is right for you is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess’ pro­gramme that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change sub­ject and course if you change your mind or find the course is not right for you in the first 6 weeks ‑sub­ject to availability 
  • Mov­ing you between A‑Levels and a Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too hard — sub­ject to availability 
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will com­plete course­work that accounts for 20% of the final assess­ment. You will be giv­en a set brief which com­pris­es of two prac­ti­cal prod­ucts work­ing with oth­er depart­ments in col­lege to cre­ate a pro­fes­sion­al stan­dard media product.

You will study 3 A Lev­el sub­jects, plus tuto­r­i­al and career devel­op­ment ses­sions. Each sub­ject has 6 hours per week con­tact time, with approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours of inde­pen­dent study. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly we can­not accept stu­dents who only want to study a sin­gle A Lev­el sub­ject due to fund­ing limitations.

Poten­tial Future Career

Exam­ple job roles:

  • Mar­ket­ing Assistant
  • Adver­tis­ing Assistant
  • Broad­cast Journalist
  • Edi­to­r­i­al Assistant
  • Event Organ­is­er
  • Infor­ma­tion Officer
  • Mag­a­zine Journalist
  • Mar­ket Researcher
  • Writer
  • Online Blog­ger
  • Pub­lic Rela­tions Assistant

Study­ing fur­ther: Progress to study the HND in Cre­ative Media at Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough or degrees in Jour­nal­ism, PR, Adver­tis­ing, Mar­ket­ing, TV and Film Pro­duc­tion at university.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Media the­o­ry and crit­i­cal the­o­ret­i­cal approaches 
  • Close study prod­ucts from 9 media platforms 
  • Cre­ative and prac­ti­cal skills in video pro­duc­tion, print design and online media 
  • Media lan­guage, media audi­ences, media rep­re­sen­ta­tion and media industries 
  • Social, his­tor­i­cal and polit­i­cal perspectives


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Teach­ers use their exper­tise and expe­ri­ence well to plan and deliv­er high-qual­i­ty the­o­ry lessons and prac­ti­cal sessions.




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