MEDIA STUDIES - AS Level (AQA) at Chipping Campden School
1 year course offered as part of a full time study programme.
To foster an understanding of media products, the practices
which lead to their production, the institutions in which they are
produced and the audiences who consume them. Candidates will
be given the opportunity to work with media technologies in
imaginative and inventive ways.
In AS Unit 1:
Investigating the Media, candidates will investigate the media in
order to reach an understanding of how meanings and responses
are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing
contexts will be studied in terms of texts, platforms and
technologies. This unit is assessed by examination (90 mins) in
In Unit 2:
Creating Media, students will produce coursework of two linked
media artefacts taken from two of the media platforms studied in
Unit 1 with a single, accompanying evaluation and pre-production
Prospective candidates should have acquired the skills and
knowledge associated with study at GCSE level and attained a C
grade in English Language or English. Prior study of the media is
helpful but not essential. Clearly, an interest in the mass media will
be important, but creative flair, good I.T. skills and experience in
the Creative Arts (Music, Drama, Art) would be a definite
At both AS and A2, Examinations account for 50% of the
assessment, and Coursework for 50%. AS modules each count
for 25% of the total A2 grade.
Knowledge of the media is increasingly valued and is becoming
an important aspect of work in most institutions in our
‘information society’. AS/A2 Media Studies should therefore be of
value to candidates entering employment across a wide range of
industries and professions, particularly journalism, marketing,
advertising, television, film, radio and theatre.
Media texts will be analysed both in class and independently.
Students will be expected to take an active part in discussion,
and to make detailed notes, which will contribute to regular
essays and projects. Students will be introduced to the use of
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Campden School directly.