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Media Studies A Level (AQA) at Brigshaw High School and Language College

Course description

The Media Studies A Level course involves in-depth study of such aspects of the media as film and broadcast fiction, documentary, electronic media and advertising and marketing. Students learn about the construction of identity of various groups and have plenty of opportunity to develop their creative skills. The course helps students to understand the importance of the media and its role in modern society.

Course content

At AS level, coursework centres on a practical production, drawn from a choice of three coursework briefs, with accompanying extensive research and a detailed evaluation. Your choice of production work could be anything from a music video to a short film. You will also complete an examination featuring questions on unseen material and a case study on a topic of your choice. You might chose to study a film or TV series across three platforms, including broadcast, print and E-media, for example. Your learning will include knowledge and application of a broad range of media theory.


A2 study enables you to develop your understanding, knowledge of theory and skills further. For your coursework, you will produce a 2000 word Critical Investigation into a topic of your choice, with an accompanying ‘professional standard’ production piece. For the examination, you will again work on unseen material and will be responding on an extensive range of topics, including issues of identity and digital and new media. Your learning will build upon and develop that at AS.

Entry requirements

Students who have studied Media at GCSE are required to have at least Grade C to be accepted onto the A level course.


For the AS qualification, there will be a 2 hour examination, including a 1 hour 15 minute Unit 1 section A and a 45 minute section B, each carrying 25% of the AS marks.  The remaining 50% are taken up by coursework.

At A2, there will be a 2 hour examination, including a 1 hour Unit 3 section A examination and a 1 hour Unit 6 section B examination, each carrying 25% of the marks.  The remaining 50% of the marks are awarded for coursework.

Future opportunities

Progression from Media Studies includes higher education courses and careers in television, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing.

Further information

For more information contact Mr Green.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September