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.

Entry requirements

Please refer to The John of Gaunt Sixth Form entry requirements.


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

Module title: Media One

Brief outline:

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section will test the following forms:

• advertising and marketing
• music video.

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences.

Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

• radio • newspapers • film (industries only).

Mode of assessment:

• Written exam: 2 hours • 84 marks • 35% of A-level Questions • A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products. • Two essay questions (20 marks), one of which is an extended response question.

Paper 2 

Module title: Media Two

Brief outline:

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games.

Mode of assessment:

• Written exam: 2 hours • 84 marks • 35% of A-level Questions • One medium length unseen analysis question. • Three essay questions (25 marks)

Mode of assessment: 
 • 60 marks
• 30% of A-level
• Assessed by teachers
• Moderated by AQA
Brief outline: Students produce:
• a statement of intent
• a cross-media production made for an intended audience

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.