Media Studies


How long does it last? Two years for A Level
Course Code: 7571 (AS) & 7572 (A Level)
Exam Board Specification: www.aqa.org.uk

Students who take this course:
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. They’ll find contemporary, diverse topics and varied and engaging content, helping them 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.

The skills acquired in this A-Level course will also prepare students to progress to any subject in Higher Education. As well as meeting the general sixth form requirements, it is essential that you have 5 grade or above in GCSE English Language and display enthusiasm for keeping up to date with current affairs and media forms.

A Level Overview
A-level Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • media language
  • media representation
  • media industries
  • media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • audio-visual forms
  • online forms
  • print forms

Close Study Products (CSPs)
In addition to the broad coverage of all media forms, students must engage in the in depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online media form. Each in depth study will link the specified media products for in depth study.

Contexts of the Media
The subject content is detailed in relation to each area of the theoretical framework. The following conditions are implicit in all of the subject content:

  • knowledge and understanding should be developed through the practical analysis or creation of media products
  • all media products should be considered in the light of the contexts in which they are produced and received. Such contexts may be any or all of: