About this course

Media studies A level course overview

The OCR media studies A level provides an integrated introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of the two-year course is underpinned by a set of key media concepts:

  • Media language
  • Media representation
  • Media industries
  • Media audiences

Our media studies A level course online students will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. Topics covered are contemporary, and diverse, encouraging development of research and problem-solving skills as well as creativity. Students will also refine debating skills through the discussion of contemporary issues from a range of perspectives.

Media studies A level students sit two written papers. There is also a non-examination assessment, in the form of coursework, worth 30% of the qualification.

Prior learning

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied media studies previously.


A level media studies provides a suitable foundation for the study of media or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in media, or as part of a course of general education.

In the October of year 11, 12 and 13 parents and guardians will receive an email asking which exams the learner intends to take, and where they would like to take them. Parents and guardians must inform King’s InterHigh if they need assistance finding an exam centre by mid-October.

King’s InterHigh can support you in finding a local exam centre. It is then down to the individual to register with the centre of choice and pay the exam fees to the centre directly. As each exam centre sets their own fees we cannot provide accurate pricing, however as an example, you can see our own fees by clicking here

Physical, medical or learning support needs may be eligible for access arrangements during exams. These can include:

  • Extra time of 25%*
  • Extra time up to 50%*
  • A reader*
  • A scribe*
  • Supervised rest breaks
  • Separate room
  • Use of a laptop
  • Enlarged print exam papers

*These arrangements must be approved by the exam board. The learner will need to undertake learning assessments with an educational psychologist or specialist assessor in order to complete the application form. These assessments can take up to 18 months to process.

The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year that the learner sits exams.

There are no formal entry requirements for this subject.

However, if you’re looking to study this subject as one of four A levels, we strongly advise you only do so if you are predicted at least a grade 7 at GCSE / IGCSE in this subject or a relevant subject.

Key information
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A level
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Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR)
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2 years
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Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
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All exams will be supervised and sat at an examination hall local to you
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Pupils can choose A level media studies and add other A levels for an added fee per subject, per year. Find out more.
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Media Studies A Level can still be taken by students outside of the UK. However, as the subject has UK based exams, students will need to travel to the UK to sit them. Coursework counts for 30% of the qualification.
About our fees

We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.