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A Level Media Studies

Choose A Level Media Studies at St Edmund’s College and gain a deeper understanding of the ever-shifting role of the mass media in contemporary society.

As technology drives change in how information is communicated, this A Level invites you to think critically about media influence and how it shapes our views and experiences.

A Level Media studies draws different academic disciplines, including social science, politics, semiotics, linguistics and audience reception theory. Through this course you will also gain creative opportunities to plan, execute and present products in different media platforms, using different codes, conventions, techniques and devices.

Acting Head of Department Mrs S Appleford BA hons Wales, BEd PGCE Cantab.
Syllabus Eduqas

Course structure

The course outlines four theoretical concepts, to be applied to the study of different media platforms and products:

  • Media language
  • Media representation
  • Media industries
  • Media audiences



There are three assessments for this course which will be completed at the end of Rhetoric II (Year 13):

Two written examinations and a coursework project.

Paper 1 – 2.25 hours – Media Products, Industries and Audiences (35% of the final mark)

  • Task 1: Analysing Media Language and Representation
  • Task 2: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

Paper 2 –  2.5 hours – Media Form and Products in Depth (35% of the final mark)

  • Task 1: Television in the Global Age
  • Task 2: Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media
  • Task 3: Media in the Online Age

Coursework – 30% – Cross-Media Production

The coursework unit consists of an individually produced cross-media production, across two forms (print & audio visual) in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board. Students must apply their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.


Key skills developed

  • Photography
  • Cinematography
  • Full training with state of the art equipment
  • Publishing (Adobe InDesign)
  • Photo editing (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Video editing (Final Cut Pro X)
Personal and academic skills

  • Independent learning
  • Media literacy
  • Academic research and referencing
  • Textual analysis and deconstruction
  • Essay writing
  • Ability to debate and discuss issues
A subject for the 21st century; an exploration of how messages are created, conveyed and construed in the digital age.

Future pathways

Whilst the media industry remains a competitive one for young people, it is by no means impossible, and indeed a successful career is achievable with the right level of commitment and motivation.

Media Studies A Level qualification leads to a breadth of higher education courses. The diverse nature of the course allows students to progress to academic media communications and social science degrees, as well as more practical based routes, for instance media production or digital media practice.

Future careers include journalism, marketing, public relations and television production.