Media StudiesAS / A2 Level at University Church of England Academy
Media Studies allows students the opportunity to
investigate the Media to reach an understanding
of how meanings and responses are created.
Contemporary Media will be studied in terms of
the products, platforms and technologies.
You will follow the AQA Media Studies syllabus.
- Unit 1: Investigating Media.
- Unit 2: Creating Media A2 Level.
- Unit 3: Media: Critical perspectives.
- Unit 4: Media: Research and Production.
Units 1 & 2 provide an integrated and
complementary introduction to the study of the
media and the contemporary media landscape.
The content of both units is underpinned by
a set of key media concepts (representation,
audience) and media platforms (broadcasting,
print, e-media). Unit 1 requires students to
carry out a cross-media study for examination.
This study will be used to inform their work
on Unit 2, where they will produce two media
productions. They could produce feature articles
for magazines, or web pages or even produce
film trailers and programmes.
- Unit 1: Two hour written paper. (50% of AS
- Unit 2: Two linked production pieces. Written
evaluation of 1500 words. (50% of AS level
At A2 candidates will build upon their AS
work to look more fully at the contexts of
media production and consumption – why
as well as how texts are created as they
are. They will build upon concepts studied at
AS level looking at media debates, such as
‘Reality TV’, ‘Moral Panics’ and ‘Post 9/11
and the Media’. For Unit 3 students will be
required to study two pre-set media topics on
at least one of the three media platforms. For
Unit 4 students will produce a media product
linked to their research for an individual
- Unit 3: 2 ½ written paper
- Unit 4: Critical Investigation of 2000 words
and a linked production piece.
A minimum of five A* - C GCSEs including English Language.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Church of England Academy directly.