Media Studies - 6th Form

Examination Board AQA

Why study A Level Media Studies?

A Level Media Studies is a wide-ranging course examining the mass media and their effects in modern society. It appeals to students for its variety of elements, including analysis, creative artwork, practical production, and issues of psychology, history and politics. These elements combine to provide an interesting course, with immediate every-day relevance.

Entry Qualifications

You should ideally have A or B in English at GCSE, as written responses need to be well argued and fluent; and some artistic ability and ICT skills are a definite advantage. Otherwise you need to have results that would indicate the ability to follow an A Level course. It is not necessary to have studied Media at GCSE, but it is essential that you have a genuine interest and general knowledge of mass media products e.g. films, particular newspapers etc. You will need to discuss media texts in detail, so an enquiring mind, observation skills and an interest in arguing a point of view are essential. You will have to carry out research and practical projects independently.

Higher Education

This course might lead to a degree course in Media Studies, or a combined course such as English and Media Studies, a qualification in Journalism, or a vocational course in a specific area like Television.


Careers relating to Media Studies are very varied. Work in the mass media - Newspapers, Television, Radio, Film and Advertising are the most obvious, but knowledge in this area would be an advantage in many careers linked to the Arts, Marketing and Public Relations and professions such as Teaching, Social Work and Personnel Management.

At a Glance - GCE Media Studies

Unit Assessment Weighting Title Content
1 2 hour examination 25% Investigating Media Section A: Four compulsory short answer questions based on one unseen piece of stimulus material. Section B: One essay question (from choice of two).
2 Externally set brief 25% Creating Media Two linked productino pieces plus a written evaluation on both pieces.
3 2 hour examination 25% Critical Perspectives Section A: Three compulsory questions on two unseen stimulus pieces. Section B: One essay from a choice of two pre-set topics.
4 Critical investigation and linked production 25% Media: Research and Production A critical investigation (range of media forms) and a linked production piece.