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Level 3: A level

Exam Board: EDUQAS

Entry Requirement

GCSE English Language - Level 5 or Merit in Level 2 Media

A Brief Overview of the Media course:

  • Media Studies insists upon the importance of a full understanding of the new media which dominate the contemporary landscape.
  • Students will cover a broad range of media. The specification also ensures the placing of contemporary media in an historical context and an understanding of the key media concepts of language, representation, audiences and institutions.
  • Media Studies is a broad course in which you study everything from music videos to websites, magazines to games. The course is organised into 3 components, 2 are exam based and 1 is coursework.
During Year 12 and 13 you will cover:
  • Component 1: Investigating the Media

In this section, a whole range of media forms are considered. You will analyse media language and explore representations in the media, using relevant theories and consider representations. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of key aspects of media industries and study media audiences, considering aspects such how they are targeted and how they respond to media texts.

  • Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

This section will allow you to explore texts in more detail with comparative analysis. The areas you will study are Television in the Global Age, Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media and Media in the Online Age.

  • Component 3 Cross-Media Production

Using industry standard software, you will create an individual cross-media production using traditional and digital forms - for example a film marketing campaign.

Assessment at A Level

30% Coursework. 60 marks.

35% Exam. 90 marks.

35% Exam. 90 marks.


The Future

With an earned degree in Media Studies, you have a number of career options. For example, Media Studies gives you the foundation knowledge to then go on to work in sectors such as, newspaper, production managers, sound and vision engineers, film/video producers, advertising journalists, assistant publicists and PR and communications officers.

Further information
Miss N Jellis, English & Media Studies Curriculum Leader