Media Studies AS and 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.

Payment options

Students based in the UK have the option to pay annually, per term or monthly:

Paying per term:

Starting from September, three payments of £500 for the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.

Monthly payments (UK only):

Starting in September you can pay 10 monthly payments of £150 via Direct Debit.


Media Studies (UK exams)


A Level

Exam board:

Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR)


1 year for AS Level with an additional year for A Level

Delivery method:

Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum

Start date:


Exam Details:

All exams will be supervised and sat at an examination hall local to you

Additional information:

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.

Course fee:

£1,500 per year

Know more about your course 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.