This course involves detailed analysis of various media texts. It enables candidates to engage with media theories, ideas and debates through class work and independent study. Students will be communicating their analysis and interpretation of the media through written work and creative projects, looking at the media texts from the point of view of both producers and consumers. The course benefits from a creative coursework assessment.
Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media. Close Study Products are provided by AQA in advance of the exam. Students will be expected to use any relevant elements of the theoretical framework in order to explore the ideas in the paper.
How it’s assessed: Written exam: 2 hours (35% of A Level)
Questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products and other products they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created.
How it's assessed: Written exam: 2 hours (35% of A Level)
Non-exam assessment: Creating a media product
The coursework allows students to apply their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework through the products they create. You will demonstrate practical skills relating to the media format of your choice.
How it's assessed:
Creation of two media products in response to one of six briefs provided by AQA. (30% of A Level)
(Works well with: Photography, English, Psychology, Theatre Studies)
Why study the media?
Today there is little denying the importance of the media in our culture and society, and the consequent necessity of taking the media seriously as an object of enlightened but rigorous investigation. In a time of ‘fake news’ and media saturation, with the increasing power of social media platforms such Twitter, and a rise in the ‘power’ of the audience to participate, it is vital the we develop ways of thinking critically about our mediated world.
Why did you choose Media Studies?
Media Studies is my favourite subject, and I have been able to apply other classes such as I.C.T and my own hobbies in the coursework for Media Studies. The coursework for Media Studies is a lot of fun, and is 50% of the course. It consists of photography, videography, website creation, photoshopping images and you can do this on any subject you want. You get the freedom to choose what you make a poster, video, website about; which is a great choice to have. Harry