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Media Studies AQA A Level at St Bernard's High School

Course description

This course will suit students who take an interest in current affairs and developing technologies. The ideal Media student will question the messages encoded in the media texts that surround them and consider the impact that the media and developing technologies are having on society as a whole.

Course content

  • Theoretical Framework
  • Media language
  • Media representation
  • Media industries
  • Media audiences

Entry requirements

  • Point 6 in GCSE English.


Paper 1:

  • Written examination (2 hours) up to 84 marks
  • 35% of A Level
  • 2 x 15 mark questions testing in-depth knowledge of two areas of the theoretical framework
  • 2 x 25 mark questions assessing in-depth knowledge of the two remaining areas of the theoretical framework

Paper 2:

  • Written examination (2 hours) up to 84 marks
  • 35% of A Level
  • Short answer questions assessing breadth and depth of knowledge of aspects of the theoretical framework in relation to particular media products
  • 2 x 30 mark questions assessing depth of knowledge of the theoretical framework and/or contexts in relation to media products

Non-Examination Assessment: Creating a Media Product

  • A choice of topics related to the over-arching (annually changing) theme up to 72 marks 
  • 30% of A Level
  • Assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

Students produce:

  • A statement of intent
  • Cross-media products made for an intended audience

Further information

A wide range of career opportunities exist within the media. The range of skills developed means that most professions are accessible.

Any Humanities or Social Science degree is possible and it is possible to study Media as a discreet course or as a joint degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

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