Media Studies

Head of Media Studies: Mrs G Willcox

Teachers: Miss Z Barber

       What is A Level Media Studies About?

Media Studies allows students to understand the purposes of media and how we use media within society. It joins practical work and theoretical work together to allow students to engage with contemporary media. Students will produce and shoot films, create websites, develop magazines, explore 9 different types of media, analyse Television drama, and study the effect of media on today’s society.


Would I enjoy this course?

You will enjoy Media Studies if you want to study a subject that is practical, creative and explores new technologies and how society uses them. If you like working as a team, using your imagination and understanding the technological world around you then this is the course for you!




                 How is the Course Structured?

The Linear A level takes place over 2 years.

What career fields can I enter with this qualification?

With AS/A level Media, students could go on to enter a variety of careers in: website production and design, advertising, film, public relations, press, reporting, editorial roles, film studies, directing, producing, computer game design, animation, advertising and theatre work to name a few.  Media Studies A level students could go on to study the following in higher education: Film Studies, Journalism, Radio and TV Production, and Media Studies and other related courses. Universities accept Media Studies UCAS points.

What Equipment will I have access to?

As a Media Student you will have access to a variety of HD camcorders, tripods and dollies.  You will have full access to the internet and use state of the art AppleMacs (IMacs) and computer programs such as Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Elements and Photoshop. You will use DVD players and will have exclusive access to the schools Media Suite.


              How is the course structured?

The Linear A level takes place over 2 years.

What about results?


You can achieve grades A* - G in A Level Media Studies.  The final grade is reported in August 2019.

All Universities accept Media Studies UCAS points.



Content Overview

Assessment Overview

% of Total A Level

Paper 01

Media Products


Learners will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products

(E.g. Look at 3 extracts from 3 different Media products and compare and contrast)


Learners will also use aspects of Media theory to analyse and evaluate their own productions

(Using Key Media theorists and how they applied them to their work)




Written Paper


60 marks



1 hour and 45 minutes (including 10 minutes viewing time)








30% of the total A Level

Paper 02

Media In A Digital Age


Learners will explore and analyse the ideas and arguments from debates about the media. These debates will be drawn from:


A Historical Perspective

(How media texts have changed since pre 1970 compared to now)


The Digital Age

(How music videos and video games have developed in the last 10 years)


Global Media

(Looking at connections between European and US television drama, including one non-English language)




Written Paper



80 Marks


2 Hours







40% of the Total A Level

Paper 03/04

Making Media


Learners will practically explore the creation of three linked media products on a cross media production

(E.g.  Create A Music Video, A Website and a Press Kit to promote a new music label)



Non Exam Assessment


60 marks




30% of the Total A Level




Who would I contact if I had any other questions?

Mrs Willcox – Head of Media Studies

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