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Media and Journalism — A Level Pathway

Media, Journalism and Production

Course ID: 164262

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • Study in our fantastic facilities and reach your full learning potential.
  • Access support from our dedicated and passionate teaching team.
  • Join our inclusive, friendly and respectful college learning environment.
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in the media industry.
  • Take part in exciting extracirricular activities and embrace college life.
  • You'll pick from a variety of options and pursue your own interests and passions.

What to expect from the course

You'll study:

Media Studies
English Language
Film Studies
Swap Options: Sociology, Literature, Art, Spanish

Media Studies A-Level:

During A Level Media you'll discover how media forms such as radio, film, magazines, music videos and website create meaning for their audiences. You'll develop analytical skills during the course and will spend time assessing how a range of social groups, issues and events are represented in the media.

You will also study the industry context and the impact of new technologies on contemporary media as well as uncovering how and why audiences respond to media texts.

You will also have the opportunity to create your own marketing campaign for a film or magazine which will develop your digital, creative and technological skills.

English Language A-Level:

You'll study a variety of written texts, for instance from advertising, speeches, journalism, reviews, writing for children, biographies, narrative fiction, and even ephemeral texts such as bus tickets and chocolate wrappers. Spoken language is an integral part of the course. At A1, you'll study spoken language of the media – language produced for a mass audience. We will consider what the texts tell us about the society in which we live and we will explore the relationships between texts and contexts.

Initial study will be focused on the different components of English Language:

• Lexis and morphology (words)
• Discourse (structure)
• Grammar
• Phonology (sounds)
• Semantics and Pragmatics (meaning)

We will then move towards applying our linguistic knowledge to consideration of issues and concepts such as gender, power, occupation, politeness etc. Throughout the course, we will explore social variation of language. During the second year, we will study modules including: Language Change over Time, Twenty-first Century English, Language and Power, and Child Language Acquisition. Students will also complete a guided (although largely independent) language investigation – a research project with the core theme of Language and Identity.

Film Studies A-Level:

The core study areas of Film Studies are, Key elements of film form (Film Language), Meaning and Response, Film Contexts.

The specialist study areas of Film Studies are, Spectatorship, narrative, ideology, Auteur, Critical Debates & Film Makers Theories.

What does the course involve?

• The language of Film and how it influences the audience
• The different components of film; what we see, hear and the way film represents the real world
• How these components work upon us as spectators and how our responses differ according to; who we are, where we are and what we seek from a film.
• The British, Hollywood and World Cinema industries, mainstream and independent cinema, historical and modern cinema.
• Who produces films, how they are funded, how they are created, how we get to see them and how we are convinced that we want to see them at all through marketing.

We'll look at a diverse range of films. We study films from classic Hollywood cinema starring screen icons such as Jimmy Stewart & Kim Novak, to new Hollywood, with challenging films from directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and Quentin Tarantino. We also study Independent Cinema, World Cinema and case studies on British Cinema and Silent Cinema.

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Career opportunities include: Creative Director, Film Editing, Graphic Designer, Journalism, Media Research, Web Design, Advertising, Copywriter, Editorial, Marketing, Public Relations, Publishing, Teaching.

Did you know?

Between 2011 and 2019, creative industries employment in the UK grew by 35%

1 in 8 UK Businesses is in Creative Industries.

The average salary of a Journalist after 5 years is approximately £25,000.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry criteria for any student wishing to study A Levels is two Grade 5s and three Grade 4s at GCSE, and you must have GCSE Maths and English at a 4.

However, to study this specific pathway you will need: GCSE English 5, GCSE Maths 4.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

Fee for21/22 is 2000.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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