The A Level Media Theory Toolkit: A Fast-Track Course for You and Your Students

Why should you attend?

With the increased emphasis on theory in the new A Level specifications, Media teachers without a degree in the subject may need additional support in getting up to speed with the new requirements, making this successful, well-established ‘fast track’ to media theory more valuable than ever. Updated to cover the required theories and theorists for the new A Level specs, this is a one-day ‘crash course’ which will provide you with a basic theoretical toolkit for A Level Media teaching in a friendly and supportive context. You will be given guidance on the key theoretical ideas, copies of key readings to take away, and exemplar teaching activities and case studies to help pitch the theories to a suitable level and to raise attainment for all your students.

What will the course cover?

  • A chronological route through the theories normally covered on a Media Studies degree course, their relevance to the new A Level specifications, and active ways of bringing them to life in the classroom.
  • Key theories and concepts relating to media texts, audiences and reception.
  • The more complex and recent debates around ‘Media 2.0’, ‘big data’ and postmodern identity.
  • Reading, resources, case studies, links and classroom activities to help you to make the ideas accessible for your students.

NB. This is an updated version of a course previously run in 2016.


‘The most interesting thing I’ve done in years and years (and years...). Amazing wealth of resources too.’

Jodi Hammond, Combe Bank School

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