Media Studies

Why study A level Media Studies?

This course is designed to facilitate students’ understanding of how information is manipulated, packaged and presented by the media. It enables students to become media literate and provides the skills for critical analysis of media texts. The course also aims to give students the opportunity to develop skills necessary for producing media texts.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

Whilst not providing a direct means of entry into the media industry, Media Studies does offer an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills which are an important aspect of work in most institutions in an information society. This qualification should, therefore, be of value to candidates entering employment across a wide range of industries and professions. In addition, the concepts dealt with in this course provide the basis for most degree courses in Media Studies and other related subjects.

Course Details:

Students will be required to:

  • understand the key concepts which underpin the course; Media Language, Institutions, Audiences and Representation
  • apply the key concepts to a detailed study of a wide range of media texts prescribed by the examination board, as well as their wider social, political and institutional contexts.
  • engage in a comparative critical analysis of media texts
  • construct practical pieces of media according to a given brief

Key Information Summary:

Course TitleMedia Studies
Examination BoardAQA
Linear Qualification?Yes
Course Webpage
Entry RequirementsGrade 5 or above in English Language. In addition, students who have studied Media Studies at GCSE level are required to have achieved at least a Grade C.
Contact TeacherMiss C Howell:

Course Assessment

A Level Media Studies is within the final wave of A Level reform; therefore the examination board (AQA) is yet to have its draft specification approved by Ofqual. However, the course is a linear course; students will be examined at the end of Year 13 to complete the full A Level qualification. There is no longer an AS option.

The course is assessed via two examinations which make up 35% each of the final grade, plus one non- examined component, which accounts for the final 30% of the final grade.