I have enjoyed Media Studies this year and have found a big interest in the media despite never doing it in high school.

Ryan Maynard

Ryan Maynard

Course Description

A Level Media Studies engages students in a depth of study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: media language; media representation; media industries; and media audiences.

You will study a wide range of media products, theories and contexts to develop critical analysis skills. You will also develop practical skills to produce a cross-media production which explores both traditional and digital techniques.

You will also build your capacity for independent research, engage with contemporary issues from a range of perspectives, and develop debating skills, while gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of the role media plays in day-to-day life.

Studying Media at GCSE is not essential but a genuine interest in media issues, debates and the current media landscape is essential. It complements the study of other subjects such as English Language, Film Studies, Photography, Graphics, Computer Science and IT. Anyone wishing to pursue a more specific career in the media industry such as technical or broadcasting roles should also consider Maths or Physics A Level.

Entry Requirements

Attain 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. This can include a grade 4/5 under the new grading system.

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain a minimum of a grade C in this subject. This includes a 4/5 under the new grading system.

Course Content

Component 1: Media Messages
You will develop knowledge and understanding of media language and representations – how meaning is constructed. You will study a range of products such as The Big Issue magazine and conduct a case study as you compare the ways in which The Daily Mail and The Guardian communicate to their audiences.

Section A covers the news (print, online, social and participatory media platforms) and Section B covers Language and Representation (magazines, music videos and advertising forms of media).
Note: products are set by the exam board and are subject to change.

Component 2: Evolving Media
You will develop knowledge and understanding of media industries and audiences – the relationship between producer and user. You will study a range of products such as the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Minecraft and Jungle Book, as well as popular TV dramas House of Cards and Deutschland 83.

Section A studies Industry and Audience (radio, video game, film forms of media), and Section B, Long Form TV Drama (US and non-English speaking).
Note: products are set by the exam board and are subject to change.

Component 3: Cross-Media Production
You will respond creatively to a practical brief set by the exam board to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

Assessment

Component 1: Media Messages
Written examination: 2 hours
35% of qualification

Component 2: Evolving Media
Written examination: 2 hours
35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production
Non-Exam Assessment
30% of qualification

Future Opportunities

Media Studies A Level is an excellent course to prepare for a wide range of higher education courses but specific HE opportunities include: Communication Studies, Journalism, PR and Marketing or Digital Media Production. These HE courses could lead to a broad range of careers in the media industry such as: journalism; public relations; production roles; advertising and marketing roles; and graphic and digital design.

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