Media Studies A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject which is relevant to all of our lives. The media saturates everything we do in the developed world in the 21st century. Giving you the tools to analyse and critique the media, affords you the chance to see the ways in which the media pervades your life.


Your study will focus on four areas of Media Studies: Language; Representation; Industry; and Audiences across nine Media forms (Television, Film, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Advertising, Social Media, Video Games & Music Videos). 

Forms will range from the historic and the contemporary allowing you to explore your own interests and tastes, while expanding your learning and understanding within a range of challenging Media products.

How will it be delivered?

Media One (35%)

  • Written examination of 2 hours
  • A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products
  • Two essay questions (20 marks), one of which is an extended response question

Media Two (35%)

  • Written examination of 2 hours
  • One medium length unseen analysis question
  • Three essay questions (25 marks), one of which is an extended response question and one of which is a synoptic question

NEA (Non-Examination Material): Creating a cross-media production (30%)

Students produce from a choice of one of six annually changing briefs, set by AQA:

  • A statement of intent
  • A cross-media production made for an intended audience

Entry requirements

Study of Media at GCSE is not a requirement but will obviously support your understanding as this course builds on GCSE skills. You should have GCSE qualifications in English Language and English Literature of at least Grade 5 or above.