Media Studies

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mr A Cox

Entry Requirements

Students who want to study Media and/or Film Studies must have a grade 4 in Media if they studied it at GCSE. Alternatively, if not studied at GCSE they must get a grade 4 in English.

Course Content

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.


Open Evening Documents

A-level Media Studies

Further Opportunities

A Level 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.

University Success

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