Media Studies A Level
Examination Board: Eduqas
Why study media?
As the media and communication industries become ever more diverse and dynamic, studies in the field of media are growing in popularity. In today’s media-dominated cultural landscape, media has become one of the most relevant, exciting and important subjects you could choose to study.
If you are a Humanities student with an interest in current affairs and the media, or if you are a student wishing to pursue a career in marketing, TV, film, PR & journalism, then this could be the course for you!
What skills do I need to be successful?
Strong analytical/inference skills
You need to be able to read a variety of texts, including unseen texts, and interpret them.
A high level of accuracy and clarity in written expression
This is an academic, essay-based subject in which you are required to produce fluent, extended response answers.
A keen interest in reading/listening to/watching and consuming a range of media products
You will be required to read widely about a range of issues and developments in the media world, as well as watching, listening to and consuming a range of media products, not just your set texts.
What is the course structure?
The course is divided into 3 Components, two of which are examined and are worth 70% of the overall qualification, and one of which is coursework which is worth 30%.
Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences (Exam: 2hours and 15 minutes; 35%)
- This component involves the study of several texts from across various media forms (Newspapers, Advertising, Music Video, Radio, Videogame and Film)
Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth (Exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes; 35%)
- This component involves the in-depth study of three different areas of media: Television, Magazine and Online.
Component 3: Cross-Media Production (30%)
- This component will require the creation of your own media product. For example, you might create a three minute clip from a music video or television show that you have created, alongside a print product such as a magazine front cover. This unit requires practical production skills and you will be using cameras and computer software to create your products.
What can I do after the course?
- Higher Education: BA in many subjects, including English Literature, Film Studies, Film and Television Production (3 years) or Media Theory or Combined Studies.
- HND in Media Production (2 years).
- Or possibly entry level into careers in Film, TV, Marketing, PR & Journalism.