Media Studies A-Level

Course Overview

Through studying Media Studies you will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media.

A level Media Studies gives you transferable skills for future careers and experience that prepares you if you choose to progress with your study.

In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, you will engage in the in-depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online social and participatory media form.  Each in-depth study will link the specified media form to all four areas of the theoretical framework; Genre, Narrative, Representation and Audience. 


Media One:

What's assessed

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section will test the following forms:

  • advertising and marketing

  • music video.

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • radio

  • newspapers

  • film (industries only).


How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours, 84 marks, 35% of A-level

Media Two:

What's assessed

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours, 84 marks, 35% of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Creating a cross-media production

What's assessed

  • Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.

  • Ability to create media products.

How it's assessed

A choice of one of six annually changing briefs, set by AQA.

60 marks, 30% of A-level. Assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

Tasks

Students produce:

  • A statement of intent

  • A cross-media production made for an intended audience


AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media and contexts of media and their influence on media products and processes.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to:

  • Analyse media products, including in relation to their contexts and through the use of academic theories

  • Evaluate academic theories

  • Make judgements and draw conclusions

AO3: Create media products for an intended audience, by applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to communicate meaning


This course prepares you for virtually any job within the media industry such as:  Director / Scriptwriter / Animator / Sound Engineer / Camera Operator / Editor / Journalist / Presenter / Marketing / Photojournalist / jobs within the Advertising Industry / jobs within the Film Industry etc.


5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 including a grade 6 in English Language.

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