This subject offers the opportunity to explore all aspects of contemporary Media: how media products are created and who makes them, how they are used and consumed by audiences, how media represents the world around us and what impact and influence that might have.
Through a variety of approaches students are able to develop their enjoyment and critical understanding of a range of media texts and those who produce them. The core areas of study involve demonstrating knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates and then being able to apply that knowledge when analysing media products.
Finally, with this understanding, students can go on to produce their own media products using appropriate technical and creative skills. Students leave us skilled in all aspects of media studies; a real advantage when applying for university or apprenticeships.
The Eduqas A-level media course consists of a range of set texts, which are studied across the theoretical framework: Media Language, Media Audiences, Media Representations and Media Industries.
Component 1 – Media Products, Industries and Audiences. 1 Exam 35%
Component 2 – Media Forms and Products in Depth. 1 Exam 35%
Advertising and Marketing
Set Texts: Tide, Kiss of the Vampire, Paralympics
Film (Cross media study including film marketing)
Black Panther and I Daniel Blake
Beyoncé Formation and Vance Joy Riptide
Assassins Creed Franchise
Newspapers (In-depth study)
The Mirror and The Times
Have you heard George’s podcast?
Television in the Global Age
Black Mirror and The Returned
Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media
Huck and Women’s Realm
Media in the Online Age
JJ Olatunji and Attitude
Component 3 – Cross Media Production Coursework 30%
You will create 2 media products from a choice of set briefs.
• Advertising and Marketing: Film or Music
• Online and participatory media
Across platforms: Print, Online Media, Audio Visual
The approach to this subject is active and practical. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking and autonomy by exploring theoretical approaches to Media, the contemporary media landscape and wider contextual issues. There is opportunity for individual and group work and students are encouraged to take responsibility and initiative in their own learning. Tutorials and workshops may be offered to support the development of practical and written skills.
Methods of Assessment
2 exams at the end of the second year (component 1 and 2)
Practical Coursework 30%
Practical work takes place at the end of year 1 and beginning of year 2
Practical production equipment including DSLR cameras and digital editing facilities are available. Students also have access to a computer suite and dedicated editing suite with Premiere Pro editing software and a photographic/film studio with green-screen. Students are encouraged to make full use of the well-stocked Learning Resource Centre. We also have an extensive collection of DVDs and videos to borrow.
We have links to a range of Media and Film organisations in the area, including the BBC and The Watershed Cinema. Many students apply to the BBC Apprenticeship scheme.
As a practical subject there are extra costs incurred for the purchase of equipment. We strongly recommend all students get a memory stick to save large files. There is a compulsory insurance requirement for borrowing practical film-making equipment outside of college.
Financial assisstance is available via the College Bursary Scheme.
The A-level in Media Studies provides a sound basis for students wishing to follow a career in the Media and other related areas, or to proceed to higher education / apprenticeships.
The skills acquired through studying media are invaluable in careers involving all forms of communication.
Research has consistently shown media students do very well at finding good employment past degree level.