A Level Media Studies draws together the study of a wide range of texts and ideas from across the media industry.
Students will extend their practical skills, build their capacity for independent research and gain a deeper understanding of the role media plays in day-to-day life, through the exploration of a series of Close Study Products and their own productions.
The assessment is based on a piece of non-exam assessment worth 30% of the A level. The students will select a brief from one of six set by the exam board and work independently on this during the second year of the course. There will also be two examinations each worth 35% of the overall grade . They will consist of a range of questions relating to an unseen source, Close Study Products and two essay questions, one of which is an extended response question.
A grade 5 in English Language is essential.
GCSE Media Studies is desirable but not essential for the A Level course.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
Media A-level is aimed at students who are passionate about exploring the world of Media Studies, looking at a range of texts from digital media to print media and all areas in between. Focus is on the four key areas of media language; media representation; media industries and media audiences.
Students should have good writing skills and be able to communicate their ideas effectively. A good level of computer literacy is useful. A willingness to discuss ideas openly in a supportive, friendly environment is advantageous.
Where could this course take you?
The course is beneficial for a wide range of higher education courses and careers beyond Media because of the transferable skills it offers. It is particularly useful for those wanting to study Journalism, Media, Social Sciences and communication-based courses at university.
What our students say
- ‘The A level is extending my understanding of the ways in which the media industry works and is really interesting’ RP yr12
- ‘I didn’t study Media at GCSE but it doesn’t matter, the staff are really supportive and I’m quickly picking up the key ideas’ JM yr12
- ‘Media A Level helped develop my skills and these will be invaluable when I study journalism at university’ EF yr13