Media Studies

Film, television, radio, the press, advertising and the internet are the media through which ideas, attitudes and information are communicated. Media Studies explores how these channels work and aims to help you understand, criticise and enjoy media products by combining theoretical study with practical projects.

Awarding Body

Available As

A Level

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What will I study?

During the course, you will study this exciting industry through case study texts from the world of film, tv, music, radio, print and internet. You will also do some creative work by producing a piece of coursework from a brief set by the exam board. Through a range of activities including class discussions, presentations and writing, you will be able to develop your critical thinking and independent learning skills as well as building upon your all round media knowledge!

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Texts:

  • Film (cross-media study, including film marketing): Straight Outta Compton and I, Daniel Blake
  • Advertising: Tide print advertisement and WaterAid audio-visual advertisement and Kiss the Vampire Film Poster
  • Music Video: Formation, Beyonce or Dream, Dizzie Rascal and Riptide, Vance Joy
  • Newspapers: The Daily Mirror and The Times
  • Radio: Late Night Woman's Hour
  • Video games: Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Section A: Television in the Global Age : Texts: Life on Mars and The Bridge

Section B: Magazines – Mainstream and Alternative Media: Texts: Vogue and The Big Issue

Section C: Media in the Online Age: Texts: Zoella and Attitude

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

In this component, learners are required to apply their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, audiences, media industries and the digitally convergent nature of the media in an individual production for an intended audience. The production must be based on two media forms and completed in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC.

How will I learn?

Through a range of activities including class discussions, presentations and writing, you will be able to develop your critical thinking and independent learning skills as well as buildinf upon your all round media knowledge! We also offer a range of media industry-related trips.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Non exam assessment

30% of qualification

Are there any trips on this course?

We have recently taken students on trips to the BBC Studios; The BBFC; Comic Con; The Berlin Film Festival; The Harry Potter Studios

Are there any extra costs?

You can expect to have to pay for course module booklets

Are there any specific entry requirements?

You do not have to have studied Media at GCSE

Careers Information

FAQs

How much practical work is there?

This course is an A-level and therefore contains a strong and interesting academic element. Essay writing, research and discussion are used to analyse the media. You will receive training for production work which is 20% of the AS course. Through  coursework, you will produce a short video production or some magazine advertisements. The production is based on an area of the media you have researched in TV or advertising. You will also write an evaluation of the work linking it to areas you have studied.