If you want to get on to a good media course you will have to do a lot of research. Unlike your A level, which is a national qualification and covers much the same material wherever you do it, each university decides for itself what the content of their degree will be, based on their own staff interests and expertise. So if you are interested in making films, don't apply to a course which only does TV!
A lot of courses are excellent, a few are a waste of your time and money. Some are mostly practical, others mainly about media theory. A few are highly specialised, many are more generalist. What do YOU want to do?
The saddest thing for us is to see a talented student on the wrong course. DON'T LEAVE IT TO CHANCE! We can help you with advice and information, but in the end YOU have to decide on the course that suits you. The sooner you start looking, the better!
Careers Day should be your starting point... ('Choosing the Right Course' below).... and the Careers department the next place to visit. Ask for advice on media courses and they will probably start you with the glossaries of all the hundreds of courses available. From here you can procede to individual university prospectuses- remember, these are marketing documents, designed to show everything in the best possible light! When you have a shortlist and perhaps after you have had advice from the media department, you will want to visit and check out the reality. More advice and help on visits and questions to ask later.