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Why study Media Studies?

Exam board and specification codes: WJEC Eduqas, A Level Media  A680QS, AS Media B680QS

Media Studies is a diverse and interesting course that applies key concepts from philosophy, psychology, sociology and literary criticism to journalism and popular culture. Its analytical, essay-based structure encourages critical thinking and asks students to create arguments from different viewpoints, taking into consideration gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality and disability.

The practical coursework is a choice between print design or film-making in which students demonstrate their understanding of the form and function of media products by creating one of their own. With our industry standard equipment, students demonstrate their creative and technical skills, producing work that, at its highest level, is indistinguishable from professional media products.

What is covered?

A range of different media forms are covered ranging from audio visual media and print media. This includes developing the ability to analyse a variety of media products that are studies for the exam. This includes contemporary music videos, newspapers, films, and even video games. There is also the study of particular media industries and the issues affecting them.

A Level Year 1

Students will study a range of media forms – advertising and marketing, film, magazines, music video, newspapers, online media, radio, television and video games through age appropriate products set by WJEC. Learners will also study additional age appropriate products chosen by the teacher. As well as different media industries in relation to set products. Students are required to study three media forms in depth, exploring all areas of the theoretical framework - media language, representation, media industries, and audiences.

A Level Year 2

Students will build on the knowledge and skills they have developed in the first year, however, students will study a new range of media text case studies. Students will also cross compare a range of different media products and study different areas of the media industry. This includes studying the television industry, the magazine industry, and looking at the development of online technology.

How is it examined?

Coursework with a brief set by the exam board on yearly basis

  • Students create a print or audio-visual media product
  • 30% of A-Level

Component 1 - Media Products, Industries and Audiences

  • 2 Hour 15 minute exam
  • 35% of A-Level

Component 2 - Media Forms and Products in Depth

  • 2 Hour 30 Minutes exam
  • 35%

Related course and careers

Media Studies, Cultural Theory and Communication Studies are direct undergraduate courses that follow on from A-Level. Our A-Level Media Studies course is also useful to related subjects, including Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and English Literature and its practical elements are beneficial to students who are interested in Art, Graphics and Photography courses, or to anyone wishing to work in the industry after graduation.

Suggested reading

'Media Studies: The Essential Introduction' (Routledge) by Rayner, Wall and Kruger

'Film Art: An Introduction' (McGraw-Hill) by Bordwell and Thompson

'Understanding The Media: A Practical Guide' by A. Hart

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