A-Level Media Studies

A-Level Media Studies

If you choose to study A-Level Media Studies then you will learn about media theory and practice, contemporary issues and debates, media production and new technologies. You will also have the opportunity to carry out production work and develop your own production skills.

A-Level Media Studies

A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2-level units. You will study four set units. The assessment for A-Level Media Studies is by exam and portfolio.

Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.

AS-Level Media Studies

  • AQA AS-Level Media Studies

The two units will provide an introduction to media and the contemporary media landscape. You will learn about media concepts and media platforms including broadcasting and digital media. This will enable you to make a detailed case study from a selection of media topics, such as broadcast or film fiction news or music. You will also produce two linked media artefacts, focusing on pre-production work, production work and evaluation.

  • WJEC AS-Level Media Studies

In Media Representations and Responses, you will explore the media through genre, narrative and representation and you will be able to analyse the media and explore representations and audience responses. In the second unit, Media Production Processes you are able to research, plan, produce and evaluate three pieces of linked work.

  • OCR AS-Level Media Studies

In the Foundation Portfolio in Media unit, you are able to plan and construct media products using a variety of media, such as print, video or audio. You will also learn about the concept of representation, as well as the processes and strategies involved in media institutions. You then have the opportunity to study Key Media Concepts in either TV Drama or Radio Drama.

A2-Level Media Studies

The A2 Media Studies is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Media Studies. This is not a separate award. The A2 –Level Media Studies with the AS-Level Media Studies makes up the A-Level Media Studies.  A2-Level Media Studies will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Media Studies.

  • AQA A2 Media Studies

In Critical Perspectives, you will focus on representation in the media and the impact of new/digital media. Within this, you will focus upon media issues, debates and media theories. In the Media: Research and Production unit, you will carry out a critical investigation and a linked production piece, either as an individual or as part of a group.

  • WJEC A2 Media Studies

In the A2 unit, Media Investigation and Production, you will produce three pieces of linked work around a specific area of study in genre, representation or narrative. In Media: Text, Industry and Audience you will focus on three pre-selected media industries and in these, you will then study three main texts.

  • OCR A2 Media Studies

In the Advanced Portfolio in Media, you will be able to produce a portfolio focusing on two or more media types. In Critical Perspectives in Media, you will be able to evaluate your own production skills and demonstrate understanding of a contemporary media issue.

A-Level Media Studies Exam Board Information

  • The specification for WJEC A-Level Media Studies is available here.
  • The OCR A-Level Media Studies specification is available here.

Career Opportunities

Most people study A-Level Media Studies so that they can study Media Studies at university. Other students may choose to focus on specific aspects of the media, such as Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Journalism, TV or Film production. Other students may choose A-Level Media Studies alongside such as Politics or Marketing if they are looking to study one of these subjects in-depth at university.

Other Useful Information

  • AQA offer a variety of past papers for AS and A-Level Media Studies.
  • The OCR A-Level Media Studies past papers are available from the OCR website.
  • This site offers a variety of notes and links for AS and A2 Media Studies units.