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Media AQA A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Please note that at the time of publication details of the new Media Studies specification that is scheduled to be delivered from September 2017 were unavailable. Therefore, this information relates to the current specification, we anticipate that the content of the new course will be similar but AS marks will not count towards the overall A Level and there may be some other changes.


Course content

AS Level:

AS Unit 1 and Unit 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 and media platforms.

  • Unit 1 requires candidates to carry out a cross-media study for an unseen examination, which will then be used to inform their work on Unit 2.
  • For Unit 2 candidates will produce two media productions in two of the three different media platforms: broadcasting; e-media or print. This will incorporate an evaluation of the productions, including a consideration of the use of the third platform

Both units require candidates to look at cross-cultural issues, where appropriate. 

A Level:

A2 At A2 candidates will build on their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption, i.e. why as well as how texts are created as they are.

As well as building on the concepts studied at AS, candidates will look at some or all of the following debates and theories, as appropriate:

  • Media Debates; Media Theories; Politics and the Media; Consumption and Production.
  • Unit 3 candidates will be required to study two pre-set media topics on at least one of the three medium platforms for an unseen examination.
  • Unit 4 candidates will produce a media product linked to their research for an individual critical investigation.

In both A2 units, candidates should look at cross-cultural factors and the effects of globalisation on the media, where appropriate. 

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry criteria:

GCSE graded A*-B in Media 


Unit 1:

  • Written examination (2 hours)
  • 25% of A Level Marks

Unit 2:

  • Coursework
  • 25% of A Level Marks

Unit 3:

  • Written examination (2 hours)
  • 25% of A Level Marks

Unit 4:

  • Coursework
  • 25% of A Level Marks


Future opportunities

Media Studies A Level can lead to further study at university. It can also lead to training courses for such careers as:-

  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  •  Advertising
  • TV/Radio production
  • Film making
  • Script writing
  • Publishing
  • Website design

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.