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Media Studies

Subject Leader

Mr R Lewis

Advanced Level

Media Studies


Why study Media Studies?

The media is constantly evolving and shaping our lives with it. You will consider the extensive impact of the media on your everyday life, such as how you receive, use and make sense of information, entertainment and ideological messages. You will also examine media industries and how changing technologies influence media output, audience consumption and your own interactivity and creativity. You will also learn to apply contextual factors to your study and analysis of real media products. A Level Media Studies provides you with exciting opportunities to develop media production skills in different forms and to apply your theoretical knowledge.

How will you be assessed?

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences. Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (35% of qualification).

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth. Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (35% of qualification).

Component 3: Cross-Media Production. Non exam assessment (30% of qualification).

What will you study?
Component 1 Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation, this section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers.


Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences. This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games and media contexts.

Component 2 The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections:

Section A – Television in the Global Age Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

Section C – Media in the Online Age.

Component 3 An individual cross-media production based on two media forms and applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.
What will Media Studies offer you in the future?

Media Studies is a demanding A Level that requires learners to think critically, apply analytical frameworks and develop their creativity. These skills can be utilised in a wide range of university courses and jobs. For students wishing to further pursue their interest in the subject, most universities offer an extensive choice of Media and Film related courses.

The creative and cultural sector of the economy is a significant growth area and Media Studies graduates have a huge selection of careers to choose from, including journalism, advertising and marketing, television film and radio production, web design and photography, to name just a few.