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Media Studies at WG6 (Joint 6th Form for Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and Wilmington Grammar School for Boys)

Course description

Media Studies AS or A Level

Introduction to the Course

Through studying Media Studies you will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. You will find contemporary, diverse topics and varied and engaging content, helping you to develop research and problem-solving skills as well as your creativity. You will also refine your debating skills through the discussion of contemporary issues from a range of perspectives. This is an academically demanding course with high emphasis on the theoretical framework which underpins the production and consumption of media texts.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements.

Course Content

AS Level

AS Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • media language
  • media representation
  • media industries
  • media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • Television
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Online, social and participatory media
  • Video games
  • Music video

In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, students must 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 and contexts of media. A list of these Close Study Products (CSPs) will be released by AQA a short time prior to the beginning of the course.

Students will also create their own media product which exemplifies their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.

AS Assessment

Written Paper – 2hrs 30min – 112 marks – 70% of AS Level

  • Section A – Media Language and Media Representations in relation to advertising and marketing, magazines and videogames
  • Section B – Media Industries and Media Audiences in relation to television, music video and film
  • Section C – tests all four areas of the theoretical framework in relation to radio, newspapers and online, social and participatory media.

Non-Exam Assessment: Creating a Media Product – 60 marks – 30% of AS Level

  • a statement of intent
  • a media product made for an intended audience from a brief set by AQA

A Level

A Level Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

• media language

• media representation

• media industries

• media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

• audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)

• print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing).

• online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)

Forms that appear in two or more categories may be studied in just one of the categories (audiovisual, online, print). However, students must undertake at least one cross-media study and must study at least one example of a media product from each form.

AQA will specify a theme for Paper 1 in advance of each exam series. This theme will provide a focus for some of the teaching and learning in the year immediately prior to the exams.

In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, students must engage in the in depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online form. Each in depth study will link the specified media form to all four areas of the theoretical framework and contexts of media. A list of these Close Study Products (CSPs) will be released by AQA a short time prior to the beginning of the course. The six CSPs selected by AQA will ensure that students engage with products that:

  • possess cultural, social and historical significance
  • reflect and illuminate the theoretical framework
  • illustrate a full range of media products
  • provide rich and challenging opportunities for in-depth analysis
  • cover different historical periods and global settings
  • be intended for different audiences
  • demonstrate emerging, future developments of the media
  • cover examples of media students would not normally engage with
  • at least one media product produced before 1970
  • at least one media product produced for a non-English speaking audience
  • at least one media product produced outside the commercial mainstream
  • at least one media product targeting, or produced by, a minority group.

Students will also create their own media products which exemplify their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and practical skills relating to the media format of their choice.

A Level Assessment

Written Paper 1 – 2hrs – 84 marks – 35% of A Level

Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media. A topic will be released in advance of the exam. Students will be expected to use any relevant elements of the theoretical framework in order to explore the ideas in the paper.

  • An argument relating to the theme
  • Short answer questions relating to the theme
  • 2x15 mark questions testing depth of knowledge of two areas of the theoretical framework
  • 2x25 mark questions testing depth of knowledge of the two remaining areas of the theoretical framework.

Written Paper 2 - 2hrs – 84 marks – 35% of A Level

Questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products (CSPs) provided by AQA and other products they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created.

  • Contrasting points of view relating to a particular CSP.
  • Short answer questions assessing breadth and depth of knowledge of aspects of the theoretical framework in relation to particular media products.
  • 2x30 mark questions assessing depth of knowledge of the theoretical framework and/or contexts in relation to media products.

Non-Exam Assessment: Creating a Media Product – 72 marks – 30% of A Level

  • A statement of intent
  • Cross-media products made for an intended audience based on an over-arching theme set by AQA

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact WG6 (Joint 6th Form for Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and Wilmington Grammar School for Boys) directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017