Media Studies


Head of Department: Mr J Davis
Faculty Staff: Mrs V Thompson
Level of teaching: Key Stage 5

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

This course is not studied at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

This course is not studied at Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

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.

For more information on A-Level Media Studies click here.

Media Studies News