Media Studies

Media studies is a good choice for students that like to be intellectually challenged but also like some elements of a vocational subject as you will be making your own films, writing copy for print media and developing photographic and image manipulation skills.

What’s it about?

Why study Media Studies?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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This course will engage you in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework​ and from across media forms including:  TV, film, radio, newspapers and online media.  As a media consumer,  you will become more aware of the many ways in which media messages are presented, as well as discovering how the institutions which produce and distribute media products construct meaning.

If you want a career in media, then producing and evaluating your own media products will give you a hands-on understanding of how both media messages are created and what they are aiming to communicate.

The Course Structure

This qualification is a linear course. Linear means that you will sit two exams exams and submit your non-exam assessment at the end of two years.

You will study the following core concepts:


  1. Media language
  2. Media representation
  3. Media industries
  4. Media audiences


Paper 1 is a written exam: 2 hours and it will make up 35% of the 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.

Paper 2 is a written exam: 2 hours and it will make up 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 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: Makes up 30% of the A Level. Students produce a statement of intent and media products across media platforms. A choice of topics will be provided by the exam board each year.

Potential Careers

  • Camera operator
  • Journalist
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
  • Public relations officer
  • Runner, broadcasting/film/video
  • Social media manager
  • Television/film/video producer
  • Web content manager

 Why Study Media Studies?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Media Studies A Level 6+ English Language  

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.