A-level Media Studies engages students in the study of media products in relation to the four areas of language, audience, representation and industry.
Students must undertake at least one cross-media study and must study at least one example of a media product from each form. Assessment will be through a combination of examinations 70% and non-exam assessment (coursework) 30%.
Students will be required to study themes set by AQA in preparation for two exams at the end of the two year course.
Paper 1 and 2 questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through a theoretical framework. They will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products are created. The products chosen for study range across audiences of age and ethnicity. These represent engaging areas of the media for students to explore a variety of issues and debates.
Students will also produce coursework.
This unit involves application of knowledge and understanding of the theory along with practical skills relating to the media format of the students choice.
All students will be informally examined at the end of the first year to check on students' progress. To achieve the full A Level, all of the assessed units must be completed by the end of the second year of the course. Any student who feels unable to complete the work required at A level standard will be given the opportunity to sit the AS in Media Studies which has a slightly reduced content and only one exam.
AS/A2 Media could lead onto Higher Education to study Media or other more general courses. You could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer or Public Relations Officer.
Mr M Oakes