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Media Studies A Level at Caldew School

Course description

TheAS/ALevel specification has a four-unit structure. Two units would lead to anAS and four units,typically studied overtwo years, would lead to anA2 (a full ALevel) award. The information below reflects the guidance published by the exam board.

Course content

AS (2 Units)

Unit 1: Media Representation & Responses (50% of AS, 25% of A2) This exam unit provides students with a framework for analysing the media and requires them to explore representations and audience/user responses. They will study genre, narrative and representation, making connections between them and their target audiences. Texts include advertisements, DVD and CD artwork, newspapers, film, comics, music video, computer game... and many more!

Unit 2: Media Production Processes (50% of AS, 50% of A2) For coursework, students research, carry out planning, production and evaluation of media production processes.

A2 (2 Units)

Unit 3: Media Investigation & Production (25% of A2) This coursework assessed unit draws on all areas of the course and allows students to research, produce and evaluate an area of Media Studies.

Unit 4: Media: Text, Industry & Audience (25% of A2) This examined unit also draws upon the full range of skills developed throughout the course. They must explore three different media industries (from a range including television, radio, film, music, computer games and more!) They must study the text itself (its genre, narrative and representation) as well as issues relating to its industry and its audience.


Entry requirements

There is no requirement for students to have studied Media Studies at GCSE.



Unit 1: 2 ½ hour written exam

Unit 2: Coursework, assessed internally and then submitted to and moderated by the exam board


Unit 3: Coursework, assessed internally and then submitted to and moderated by the exam board

Unit 4: 2 ½ hour written exam

Future opportunities

Media Studies has an increasingly relevant role to play in a multimedia world. There are a number of specialist Media Studies courses to which students could progress from A Level. The variety of careers which involve these skills is considerable. The course complements other courses well, particularly English Language and Performing Arts.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years