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Media Studies at The Arnewood School

Course description

The syllabus followed and outlined below is AQA. It is a course which combines practical work with theory and focuses on a variety of media forms.

By knowing how the media operates you’ll be able to decode messages more skilfully, and engage with topics that interest you.


Course content

  • Unit 1 Investigating Media

Study of the Key Concepts of Media Studies through exploration of media texts across a range of media platforms. A detailed crossmedia study of one media form is undertaken for use in Section B of the Unit 1 Examination.

  • Unit 2 Creating Media

Coursework- Creation of two linked productions across two media platforms. The ‘Creating Media’ brief for each examination period can be found on the AQA website.

  • Unit 3 Critical Perspectives

Study of two pre-set topics and unseen media. A range of critical theories are studied and applied to the contemporary media landscape. Students produce a case study on Media Identities and on The New Media to be applied in Section B of the Unit 3 examination.

  • Unit 4 Research and Production

Coursework – Critical investigation and creation of linked production piece 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above is preferred (preferably including English Language)


  • Unit 1 Exam – 2 hours, taken in June (Year 12)
  • Unit 2 Coursework (see above) completed by March (Year 12)
  • Unit 3 Exam – 2 hours, taken in June (Year 13)
  • Unit 4 Coursework (see above) completed by March (Year 13)

Further information

Media studies naturally leads to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public
relations. But an awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers, such as social work, law, medicine and education.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Arnewood School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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