Media Studies

A level specification | AQA

Are you interested in film, documentaries, advertising? Then Media Studies could be a course for you. Study includes: Media Representations (texts), Language, Style and Audiences and will look at examples of newspapers, film, advertising and the presentation of current affairs with an increased focus on digital media.

There will be opportunities to use film, photography and information technology to produce and develop coursework. Modules 2 and 4 allow students to develop areas of personal interest and to build on their expertise.
This is an exciting and challenging course which is ideal for students who are interested in the world about them and enjoy a mixture of practical and academic work.

Content & Breakdown

Modules 1 and 2 make up 50% each of the AS level. Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 make up 25% each of the A level.
• Module 1: Reading the Media. Exam with four short compulsory questions on one piece of stimulus material, plus one essay question from a choice of two on a cross-media case study.
• Module 2: Externally set production briefs, internally marked and externally moderated. Two linked production briefs from the topics studied in Unit 1, plus a written evaluation of 1,500 words.
Module 3: Critical Perspectives. Exam with three compulsory questions on one unseen stimulus piece plus an essay from a choice of two pre-set topics.
• Module 4: Media Research and Production, internally examined and externally moderated. A critical investigation with a linked production piece.

Students are able to study the three media platforms to analyse and devise work. Students’ work has been used as conference material for local District and County Councils, and has been professionally published. We have strong links with BBC Norwich and all Year 12 students visit the studio to make a short film in the Autumn Term. We regularly attend National Film events held at Cinema City Norwich. We endeavour to offer students first-hand experience of the Media industries.

Careers/Further Education

Media Studies is an accepted academic A level subject which can lead to a variety of degree courses.
We have links with Norwich University of the Arts, a leading Media degree provider, which enables students to see how Media Studies can lead to a career within the industry.

It is also well respected for careers and courses which use interpersonal skills and teamwork, for example Communications, Management, Personnel, Media, The Leisure Industry, The Arts, The Music Industry, Advertising and Marketing.

For more information contact:  Mrs K Chanter