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Media StudiesAS LevelA2 Level

Media Studies at AS and A2 level offers a mixture of theory and practice. The new specification from Eduqas encompasses the range of media skills required for study at AS and A Level. This includes investigating the relationship between media institutions, audiences and the communication of representation through specific media language. The course still maintains a sensible approach to requirement for learners to demonstrate their creative skills through a media production that is worth 30% of the grade.

The mass media surround our lives and this course offers the chance to study and critically analyse a comprehensive range of media forms and texts. There are topics on TV drama, the British music industry and film genre. You will learn to use a range of professional software programs (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut, Dreamweaver) to produce your own TV shows, magazines, films trailers, websites and music videos.

  • A truly inspiring subject which allows you to use your knowledge not just within, but outside of the subject too
  • A truly inspiring subject which allows you to use your knowledge not just within, but outside of the subject too
  • A truly inspiring subject which allows you to use your knowledge not just within, but outside of the subject too

All courses have now been accredited (Feb 2017)

Course Content

Component 1 (Examined) 30%: Investigating Media Language and Representation

This component introduces learners to the knowledge, understanding and skills required to analyse media products through the study of key areas of the theoretical framework - media language and representation.

Learners study media language and representation in relation to examples chosen by the centre from the following forms:

  1. Music video and video games - at least two examples
  2. Advertising and film marketing - at least two examples
  3. Newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes - at least two examples.

In this component, learners explore and analyse how meanings and representations are constructed in media products through media language, as well as considering how they are influenced by social, cultural, historical and industry (including economic and political) contexts. Relevant theoretical approaches and theories are also studied.

Component 2 (Examined) 40%: Investigating Media Forms and Products

In this component, learners build on the knowledge and understanding developed in Component 1 by studying all four areas of the theoretical framework.

Learners study media language, representation, media industries and audiences in relation to:

  1. Television - a choice of three options, each including one product set by WJEC
  2. Magazines - a choice of three options, each including one product set by WJEC
  3. Blogs - a choice of three options, each including one product set by WJEC.

This component involves the detailed study of set products in a holistic way, building on the study of media language and representation in Component 1 to also consider industry and audience issues. Learners will explore the influence of relevant social, cultural, historical and industry contexts on the set products. Relevant theoretical approaches and theories are also studied.

Component 3 (Non Examined Assessment) 30%: Media Production

Learners create an individual media production in one form, applying their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audiences in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC. The forms that learners can work in include television, magazine, film marketing, music marketing and online options. The intended audience and industry context are specified in the brief.


Key Facts

  • Course Level AS/A2 Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Examination 70% Non Examined Assessment 30%
  • Assessor Eduqas (WJEC)
  • Entry Requirements 5+ Levels 4-9, 5+ English GCSE or 6+ in Media
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment
  • Media Channel stpaulsmedia on YouTube

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