Media Studies - AS and A Level

Exam Board: AQA

Introduction to the Course

Through studying Media Studies you will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. You will find contemporary, diverse topics and varied and engaging content, helping you to develop research and problem-solving skills as well as your creativity. You will also refine your debating skills through the discussion of contemporary issues from a range of perspectives. This is an academically demanding course with high emphasis on the theoretical framework which underpins the production and consumption of media texts.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements.

Course Content

AS Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: Students will also create their own media products which exemplify their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and practical skills relating to the media format of their choice.


Written Paper 1 – 2hrs – 84 marks – 35% of A Level Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media. A topic will be released in advance of the exam. Students will be expected to use any relevant elements of the theoretical framework in order to explore the ideas in the paper.

Written Paper 2 - 2hrs – 84 marks – 35% of A Level Questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products (CSPs) provided by AQA and other products they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created.

Non-Exam Assessment: Creating a media product – 72 marks – 30% of A Level

  • A statement of intent
  • Cross-media products made for an intended audience based on briefs set by AQA
  • media language
  • media representation
  • media industries
  • media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)
  • online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers,
  • magazines, advertising and marketing)
  • print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing

Future Career Progression

Media Studies complements creative and analytical subjects such as English, History, ICT and Art. Media Studies is ideal for careers in ICT, Graphic Design, Journalism, Marketing and the Film and Television industry.

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