Creative and Digital Media
Media, A Level
On this programme you will study how the media plays a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. In your first year, you will study advertising, news online, the film industry and music videos. In your second year, you will study television in the global age, magazines, media in the digital age and video games.
You will be expected to keep up with current affairs and issues.
You will also produce your own media artefact enabling you to explore and pursue your own media interests from one of the following forms: television, online news, magazines, films, music video, and advertising.
How will I be assessed?
Written examination (70%), non-examined assessment (30%).
What could I do after this course?
You could continue to study media at degree level, including the degree in BA (Hons) Film and Media Arts Production at University Centre Weston. Possible career routes include TV and film production, media journalism and advertising.
Five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including English and maths.
Take a look at a day in the life of our A-level student Rosie!
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What our students say
Level 3 Photography BTEC
Courses Studied: Level 3 Photography BTEC
Where Are They Now? After completing his course at Weston College, Jacob completed his Degree in Photography at UCW and further completed his Masters at The University of Gloucestershire. After starting a pop-up studio in his hometown of Burnham-on-Sea and working as a Creative Director for a local charity, Jacob is now focused on his freelance photography.
Before I started at Creative Arts Weston, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my future, and I was struggling to decide which direction to take. Photography was the only thing that I had any kind of interest in, so that seemed like the best choice. Creative Arts Weston had fantastic photography facilities and, as I wasn’t particularly academic and preferred a hands-on approach to learning the BTEC course seemed like a good option.
I quickly realised I had made the right decision as the College immediately felt like a safe environment where I felt comfortable and confident enough to begin expressing myself creatively. With access to a huge variety of facilities, I was able to experiment with different photography types and techniques.
Working with the tutors at Creative Arts Weston was an incredible experience for me. From the start they were completely supportive and able to adapt the studies, and the pace of learning, to suit me. I remember having a huge sense of achievement when I completed my degree and realising just how much the tutors had invested in me, not only as an artist but as an individual too.
I don’t believe that I would be an artist today without my time at Creative Arts Weston. My years there made me realise that there was a whole world out there - and gave me different perspectives on that world. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to go and find my place in the world without the support from my tutors and peers.
The relationships I established at Creative Arts Weston endure today. The tutors became not just mentors but friends, and I still speak to them now. As a photographer I work on my own for much of the time so maintaining good working relationships is important.
Following graduation, I worked for a while as a director of cinematography, but I decided I wanted to further my studies, so I went to the University of Gloucestershire to take my Master’s in Photography.
In 2020, with so many artists struggling during the pandemic, I started a pop-up studio, called The Brickworks, in my hometown of Burnham-on-Sea. This was in a bid to give Somerset artists a place to come together and showcase their creative talents. We created a physical display for young artists to display their art and ran a podcast series for them to discuss their work too.
When The Brickworks had finished its run, I moved to Bristol and started work as a creative director for Artspace Lifespace, a registered charity that recycles vacant, under-used and problem properties into thriving creative resources.
I’m now focused on my freelance photography work. As a documentary photographer the projects are often personal to me which means it is demanding, but fulfilling, work. I am frequently challenging social perspectives, and this naturally forces me to challenge myself.
My advice to anyone studying now is to remember that listening is more powerful than talking. Listen to the tutors, and to other people working in the industry, and take it all in so that you use their knowledge and experience to help shape your own future experience.