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Media Studies AQA at The Robert Napier School

Course description

A Level Media Studies offers students the opportunity to:

• enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives

• develop critical understanding of the Media through engagement with Media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills

• explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts

• become independent in research skills and their application in their practical work and in developing their own views and interpretations.


Course content

Students investigate the Media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary Media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies.

Students are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the Media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary Media issues:

Entry requirements

5 A*-C (including English and Maths). It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Media Studies.


There are four main units with coursework and a final exam externally assessed:

• Investigating Media – Research and understanding of contemporary media issues and debates and application of them to issues across all platforms of media.

• Creating Media – Research of a specific media area (film, TV, Music Promotion) across 3 platforms (broadcast, print and e-media) followed by creation of own products across the same platforms with a critical analysis of own and researched work.

• Critical Perspectives – An extended academic essay on an area of choice selected by the student. Creative (linked) production work must accompany in support of the essay.

• Media: Research and Production – Exam preparation in the form of case studies based on media identities (different groups and representations created by the media) and the impact of new and social media.

Future opportunities

As well as gaining an insight (both technical and through ideologies) of the mass Media industries (Film, Television, Print Media, Web based Media) etc, the course studies interchangeable skills and theories that compliment other subject and vocational areas.

Exploring contemporary trends such as Media globalisation and an understanding of society and our roles within it, students have the opportunity to study topics that include family life, identity, work, race, class, migration, gender, popular culture, urban living, food and criminology. An insight into these areas offers opportunities to further study and access employment in a wide range of professional roles that hold these key issues as central.

Further information

Contact Mr Still

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Robert Napier School directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September