A-Level Media Studies

Media studies involves the study of contemporary Media across all available platforms. AQA’s GCE Media Studies specification helps students to understand the role of the media in daily life. The course involves critical analysis of the changing role of the media and encourages pupils to engage with the debates that surround the place and potential power of media in our society. The course also involves students producing media products of their own through direct engagement with relevant media technology and software.

RECOMMENDED GCSE SUBJECTS AND GRADES

A good pass in a range of subjects

OTHER CONTRIBUTORY SUBJECTS English History I.C.T Sociology Art and Design Music

SUBJECT CONTENT

AS

Core content

  1. Media language
  2. Media representation
  3. Media industries
  4. Media audiences

A2

Core content

  1. Media language
  2. Media representation
  3. Media industries
  4. Media audience

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

A1: Unit 1

All areas of the theoretical framework and understanding of the media products students have engaged with.

AS: How it is assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 112 marks 70% of AS

Non exam assessment:

Students are expected to create a media production using one of the media formats outlined in the specification.

A2: Unit 3

Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media. A topic will be released in advance of the exam.

A2: How it is assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 112 marks 70% of A2

Non Exam assessment:

Students are expected to create a cross-media production using two of the media formats outlined in the specification.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

The Media Industry is one of the largest employers in the world.    There are a wide range of possible careers associated with the study of media: Advertisements, Public Relations, Radio, Television, Journalism and Marketing to name but a few. This subject lends itself to any medium of communication and with the arrival of digital technology the opportunities for work are expanding.