Media Studies


Through studying Media Studies students will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. You’ll find contemporary, diverse topics and varied and engaging content, helping students to develop research, problem-solving skills as well as their creativity. They’ll also refine their debating skills through the discussion of contemporary issues from a range of perspectives.


COURSE CONTENT: AQA A Level Media Studies

Paper One:

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 (Media Language, Audiences, Industries and Representation) in order to explore the topical Media ideas and debates that will be presented in this two hour paper (worth 35% of the A Level).


Paper Two:

In this 2 hour paper (worth 35% of the 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 (a range of Media textual examples from across the platforms) and other products they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the contexts in which the products were created, (so how the media products might link to or be influenced by: historical, political, economic and social factors).


Non Exam Assessment (coursework): Creating a Media Product

Students will produce a statement of intent and two cross-media products made for an intended audience.  Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and practical skills relating to the media format of their choice are required.  A choice of topics will inform what students create, linked to an annually changing theme.  However, we encourage all forms to be experimented with and mastered.  The conditions in which the students work aim to give them a ‘real world’ feel of the Media industry.   The products created are worth 30% of the final A Level.


An A Level in Media Studies is not your passport to a job in this field of work.  However, media employers do look encouragingly at a student who can demonstrate an understanding of how the media operates.  The Media industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and university courses reflect employer’s demands for crucial skills in this discipline.  Past Media students have enjoyed success across all aspects of the Media and related industries.  Former students have commented upon the usefulness of the range of transferable skills that studying the Media has given them.



Due to the volume of written work, good English skills are an important requirement and a minimum of a grade 4 in English, alongside a set of strong GCSE grades, is needed.  You do not need to have studied GCSE Media Studies but this would be advantageous.  However, the key to success in the subject is your ability to embrace new ideas and a desire to develop an inquisitive mind.