Through studying Media Studies you will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media.

A level Media Studies gives you transferable skills for future careers and experience that prepares you if you choose to progress with your study.

In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, you will engage in the in-depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online social and participatory media form.  Each in-depth study will link the specified media form to all four areas of the theoretical framework; Genre, Narrative, Representation and Audience.


Media One

What’s assessed

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations.  Questions in this section will test the following forms:

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences.  Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

How it’s assessed


Media Two

What’s assessed

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games

How it’s assessed


Non-exam Assessment: Creating a Cross-media Production

What’s assessed

How it’s assessed


Students produce:


AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media and contexts of media and their influence on media products and processes.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to:

AO3:  Create media products for an intended audience, by applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to communicate meaning

Entry Requirements:

GCSE English grade 9-4, recommend at least a grade 5. It is not essential to have studied Media Studies at GCSE level. A GCSE in photography, computing/computer science, graphic design would be desirable, but not essential.