Why Study Media Studies at A Level? – The main reasons are:

  • Production work that allows you to be creative and innovative
  • Develops analytical skills focusing on the audiences, representations and issues with the media
  • Develops creativity and thinking skills
  • Opportunities to investigate issues and areas that interest you
  • It is interesting and engaging
  • It is challenging

What about career opportunities?

People who have studied Media Studies have gone on to careers in the following areas: journalism, publishing, media and television, film production, broadcasting, advertising and market research.

How long does the course last?

AS lasts one year.  If you go on to study A2 it takes two years.

What are the subject requirements?

Ideally you need B grades in English Language and English Literature. However, if you have C grades and a willingness to work hard and do your best then you may be welcomed on to the course.

What are the necessary skills to do well in this course?

This course will suit people who are keen to develop their knowledge of the media and society. It will also suit people who wish to develop their analytical skills and their ability to ask questions in order to challenge what they see or hear in the media. It would suit students who wish to enhance their creativity and knowledge of media. This course will also suit people who enjoy discussion activities, analysing film, television and print media, and working in groups for linked production tasks. Likewise, the course will suit people who are able to work independently on their own projects and research.

What are career opportunities in the future?

People who have studied Media Studies have gone on to careers in the following areas: journalism, publishing, media and television, film production, broadcasting, advertising and market research.

Why study Media?

• Production work that allows you to be creative and innovative
• Develops analytical skills focusing on the audiences, representations and issues with the media
• Develops creativity and thinking skills
• Opportunities to investigate issues and areas that interest you
• It is interesting and engaging
• It is challenging.

What will I study?

The AS course is broken down into two units entitled Media Representations and Responses and Media Production Processes. As a part of this course you will study a range of media theories and concepts over a variety of media platforms. It will also require you to create a piece of media from your choice of media platform, such as print and broadcasting.
The A2 course is two units entitled Media Investigation and Production and Media Text, Industry and Audience. This course will require further independent reading on a variety of theories and debates, such as gender issues and post-modernism. You will also be required to complete coursework that will consist of research, investigation and production.

How is the course assessed?

AS Unit 1: Media Representations and Responses (2 and a half hour written examination)
AS Unit 2: Media Production Processes (coursework: pre-production, production and evaluation)
A2 Unit 3: Media Investigation and Production (coursework: 1 research investigation, 1 linked production piece and evaluation)
A2 Unit 4: Media Text, Industry and Audience (2 and a half hour written examination)

How much work is involved?

As with any A level qualification you will be required to do on average six hours of private study each week. This will include completing tasks such as undertaking research and preparations for productions tasks, and completing detailed analysis on media concepts and platforms.

How can Media Studies help me to get to University?

Media Studies can be seen as a cross-curricular subject, as it ‘dips’ into many areas such as Sociology, Communication Studies and even Psychology.

Examination Board: WJEC www.wjec.co.uk

Course Title: A level Media

How can Media Studies help me to get to University?

Both AS and A2 English Literature offer the same number of points as other AS and A2 courses.  Media Studies can be seen as a cross-curricular subject, as it ‘dips’ into many areas such as sociology, communication studies and even psychology.