Media Studies


This subject offers you the opportunity to combine a theoretical understanding of the mass media in society and methods for analysing media texts (e.g. television programmes, films, advertising and the press) with the development of practical skills for media production. Students will create media products in response to a set brief for the non-exam assessment (NEA). These will now account for 30% of the qualifications, with written exams accounting for 70% of the final assessments. The synoptic elements of our assessment provide opportunities for students to express and communicate their ideas and knowledge.

The assessments will use a mixture of question styles including multiple choice questions, short and medium answer and extended answer questions, to give all students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of media studies.


Please refer to the 2017 entry requirements.


Examination and practical production work, with accompanying written coursework. A Level – AQA 2571


Paper 1 A2  Media issues and debates Written exam: 2 hours • 84 marks • 35% of A-level Examining media issues and debates, theory and wider contexts Short answer and extended response questions.
Paper 2 A2 Close Study Products (CSPs)

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 84 marks

• 35% of A-level

Short answer and extended response questions.

Non-exam assessment:

Media product

A2 Practical production

A choice of topics related to the overarching, annually changing theme

72 marks

30% of GCSE


Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework. Practical skills relating to the media format of their choice, from a selection.

Links to Higher Education

With a qualification in Media Studies, you could go onto higher education for work in the Media industry, journalism, teaching or any career demanding a high level of ICT and communication skills

Links to employment

PR, marketing, journalism, the music industry, publishing, gaming, local radio or any jobs linked to the Media.


Candidates will have access to: sound recording equipment, digital still cameras, video cameras and other photography equipment, as well as a suite of computers, set up with Photoshop and other editing programmes.