Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
GCSE English at Grade 5 or above.
GCSE Media Studies at Grade 5 or above (if studied).

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Why study A level Media Studies?

A level Media Studies allows you to question the validity of the information you receive on a daily basis and to be aware of bias within the media so that by the end of the two-year period you should have an even better understanding of the world we live in.

What will I study during the course duration?

In year 1 you will study all 9 media forms. We will study the media industry practices and products that are made. We explore representations across a variety of media forms and look at how audiences are targeted. We will also analyse in depth how media language is used in all 9 media areas to communicate messages. All of this work will be underpinned by media theories that we start to introduce in the first year. As there is no coursework, year 1 allows us the opportunity for a variety of production work. 

Year 2 takes the skills from year 1 and elevates the complexity of the relationships between the four theoretical frameworks and the set texts. New texts are introduced and more opportunities for production work. 

Exam one – 35%

  • Media language and representation For this exam you will study how media language and representations are used in Music Videos, Video Games, Advertising and Film Marketing. Institutions & audiences We will also study the industry practices of Newspapers, Radio and Film. Set Texts For both exams you will answer questions on the set texts. 
  • For component 1 (Exam 1), only, you will also be given unseen texts. This means that many questions in the exam will directly reference the example products we have studied in class. 

Exam two – 35% 

  • Close study In this exam you will get to study three of the media forms in great depth looking at all of the theoretical frameworks, representation, audience, media language and industries. 
  • We will look at an episode of a TV drama such as Life on Mars and The Bridge in conjunction with extracts from other related shows. Also we will study historical examples of magazines and products targeted at a minority audience. Finally we will study online media looking at the emerging form of YouTube studying bloggers like Zoella and websites such as Attitude.

How will I be assessed?

Component One

Media Products, Industries and Audiences. Written Examination: 2 hours 15 minutes. 90 marks. 35% of qualification.

The examination assesses the topics of media language, representation, media industries, and audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections: 

  • Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation – 1 hour 30 minutes – 45 Marks 
  • Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences – 45 minutes – 45 Marks

This unit is worth 90 marks and makes up 35% of your marks for your A level. 

It is assessed through a two hour fifteen minute examination. You will have one and a half hours to answer questions in section A (including viewing and note taking time for unseen materials) and 45 minutes to answer questions in Section B.

Component Two

Media Forms and Products in Depth. Written Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes. 90 marks. 35% of qualification

  • Section A: Television in the Global Age– 50 minutes (30 Marks)
  • Section B: Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media– 50 minutes (30 Marks)
  • Section C : Media in the Online Age – 50 minutes (30 Marks)
  • This unit is worth 90 marks and makes up 35% of your marks for your A level. 
  • It is assessed through a two and a half hour examination. You will have 50 minutes to answer the questions for each of the three sections.
Component Three

Cross Media Production: Coursework: 60 marks. 30% of qualification.

Career opportunities and Future study

A level Media Studies students can go onto study Media, TV or Film at University as a practical degree, a theoretical degree or a combination of the two. This can lead to a very broad range of professions in media, film and  journalism.

A good degree in a subject like Media Studies can also develop a wide range of transferable skills including analysis, visual communication, problem solving, as well as communication, presentation and organisational skills.

Media studies will equip you for a wide range of jobs, including:

  • Presenter
  • Advertising media buyer
  • Copywriter
  • Media researcher
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Writer
  • Social media manager