The A Level Media Studies course is a very exciting one, which is designed to allow you to draw on your existing experience of the media and to develop your abilities to respond critically to media products.

The course is designed to:

  • enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in daily life
  • develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills
  • explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts
  • become independent in research skills and their application in their production work and in developing your own views and interpretations.

What will I learn?

The distinctive features of the course are:

  • an introduction to analysing a range of media, including the rapidly developing digital media
  • an emphasis on the key role that representation plays in the media
  • a focus on the way audiences/users are positioned by the media but may still respond or interact in diverse ways
  • an opportunity to explore media issues raised in MS1 in a creative context as well as to develop appropriate production skills
  • an opportunity to research topics in the media which form the basis for
  • production work, thus enabling students to develop research and production skills
  • a progression towards exploring the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the organisations which produce and distribute them.

How will I be assessed?

Exam Board- WJEC

AS  Level

Unit 1: 30% Exam (90 mins)
Unit 2: 40% Exam (120 mins)
Unit 3: 30% coursework (practical)

A Level

Unit 1: 30% Exam (120mins)
Unit 2: 40% Exam (180 mins)
Unit 3: 30% coursework (practical)

Where might this course take me?

Jobs involving media are varied. You could become:

  • A multimedia specialist
  • A programme researcher in broadcasting/film/video
  • A public relations officer
  • A runner, broadcasting/film/video
  • A television/film/video producer
  • An advertising executive
  • A broadcast journalist
  • A magazine/newspaper journalist
  • A market researcher
  • A writer
  • A marketing manager
  • A sales manager