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Why is this subject important and engaging?

Media Studies is challenging, interesting and creative.  The course looks at a number of media industries, such as: Advertising & Marketing, Music Videos, Film, TV, Radio, Magazines, Newspapers, Video Games and Online Media.  Media Studies involves the analysis of media language, issues of representation and application of theory.  It also covers changing audiences, industries and historical and social contexts.  You will develop a critical understanding of the media through engagement with set products and through the application of practical production skills.

  1. Course Title

    A Level Media Studies

  2. Exam board

    WJEC Eduqas

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge

Having studied Media Studies at GCSE level is not a prerequisite, however it is helpful.  Strong analytical and discussion skills in written responses are important, as there is a lot of new terminology and theory, and many different set products to work with.

Experience in Design subjects and confidence in using ICT are advantageous for the production element of the course. Attention to detail and having an eye for design are important skills here.

The world of Media is constantly evolving, so you will need to be aware of current and emerging trends in society.

What will I learn on this course?

This course is taken over two years as an A-level.  In Year 12, you will study most of the set products and Media theories, as well as complete a practice piece of coursework.

In Year 13, you will cover the remaining set products and theories, as well as complete a cross-media production from an annually changing brief.

This specification aims to ensure that you are exposed to as wide a range of media as possible.  You will learn how to analyse codes and conventions, how different groups are represented, how audiences consume and interpret media texts and how texts reflect their historical, social and industry context.  You will become familiar with key concepts, terminology and theories, as having a clear understanding of these is essential for success in the exams and coursework.

What key skills will I develop?

You will develop a range of analytical and technical skills in this course, from written communication to independent research and creative design.

How will I be assessed?

There are two A-Level exams, Component 1 (2h15) and Component 2 (2h30). These total 70% of your final grade, and there is coursework worth 30%. The coursework briefs change annually.

In Component 1, there is a mix of short and extended-response questions which test knowledge of the set products, but unseen material is also included. In Component 2, there are three extended responses.

What could this course lead to?

You may wish to go onto study Media courses at university or pursue a career in Media.  Media-related fields include, but aren’t limited to: Journalism, Communications, Advertising & Marketing and TV/Film Production.

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

Past activities have included visiting The Guardian and talks/workshops from industry professionals, and we are always on the lookout for suitable opportunities.

Are there any additional costs for this course?

No. We will provide you with access to textbooks in lessons, as well as all lesson materials.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

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