Media Studies


Exam Board: AQA

Specification Code: 8572

We live in a Media Saturated society and we are all engaging with websites, TV, Film, Apps every day. Media Studies is offered at Key Stage 4 and at A level and provides students with the necessary skills to allow them to better understand and critically analyse the messages and ideas behind the media texts students engage with daily.

During the course, students will study media theories, concepts and debates and learn how to apply them to a range of Media texts. A good way to think about Media as a subject is that it’s very similar to English in that students will learn to analyse and evaluate texts, only instead of novels and poems we evaluate films, video games, music videos, websites, magazines etc.

Students also have the opportunity to use a range of industry standard creative software such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro to establish and strengthen their practical and creative skills working in print, moving image and e-media to create websites, magazines, music videos, trailers and more.

The course is broken down into the following:

  • Paper 1 exam: Responding to Media Texts (35%)
  • Paper 2 exam: Responding to TV and Media (35%)
  • NEA Coursework: Creating Media Products (30%)