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What A-levels do you need to study media?

A media degree opens the door to a huge variety of exciting jobs. Find out what subjects at A-level will help you best get ahead of the competition. 

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Media studies is a popular degree that is normally open to you with any A-levels. However, some smart A-level choices will help to better prepare you for media at degree level.

 A-level subjects for media studies

What A-level subjects are needed or essential for media studies?  

  • A few courses ask for English or media studies.

Find out more about university entry requirements


What A-levels are useful for media studies?

  • English
  • media studies
  • sociology
  • psychology

Choosing your A-levels? See where different combinations can lead with our Explorer tool.


Other typical A-levels taken by current media students

  • film studies
  • maths
  • art and design

Take a look at individual media courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects that media students took before starting their degree.

Do note that many degrees will be open to you whichever A-levels you choose.  Some courses will be happy with a subject just at AS-level while some courses may want the full A-level. This is something to check before you finalise your A-level choices in Year 12.

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    Examples of media degree requirements

    Below is  a range of Bachelor of arts (with Honours) courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 12 April 2018):

    University of Brighton: ‘B,B,C-C,C,C.’

    University of Sussex: 'A,B,B. You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) in English at grade B (or grade 5 in the new grading scale). You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.’

    University of Glasgow: 'A,A,B. Must include at least one Arts/Humanities subject.’

    Watch now: How to choose your A-levels

    Other similar degree subjects

    These similar subjects may have different A-level requirements to media studies, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.

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