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Media Studies

Sixth Form

Years 12 & 13

Course Title: Media Studies
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: A Level

About the course

A level Media Studies offers students a comprehensive and integrated coverage of media theory and practice. There's a focus on new technologies, and students will complete practical work in both years of the course.

The course covers a variety of contemporary topics and debates, from the way the media presents news and fiction, the impact of technological and e-media changes, to the production of marketing for a musical artist.

Overview of content

Unit 1 and Unit 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of both units is underpinned by a set of key media concepts and media platforms.

In the second year of study students build on their work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption – why as well as how texts are created as they are. As well as building on the concepts studied in year 1 of the course, students will look at some or all of the following debates and theories including media effects,

For Unit 3 students are required to study two pre-set media topics on at least one of the three media studies platforms.

For Unit 4 candidates will produce a media product linked to their research for an individual critical investigation. In both Units 3 & 4 students look at cross-cultural factors and the effects of globalisation on the media where appropriate.

Component 1:  MEST 1

  • Overview of content: Investigating Media
  • Contribution to final grade: 25%
  • How it is assessed: 2 hour written examination
  • Two sections:
  1. Four compulsory short answer questions
  2. A Choice of two essay questions based on a case study

Component 2:  MEST 2

  • Overview of content: Creating Media
  • Contribution to final grade: 25%
  • How it is assessed: Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated

Component 3:  MEST 3

  • Overview of content: Critical Perspectives
  • Contribution to final grade: 25%
  • How it is assessed: 2 hour written examination
  • Two sections:
  1. Three compulsory questions on unseen stimulus pieces
  2. Choice of two essay questions based on a case study

Component 4:  MEST 4

  • Overview of content: Research and production
  • Contribution to final grade: 25%
  • How it is assessed: Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated
  • Two sections: critical Investigations and linked production piece

For further information:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/media-studies/as-and-a-level/media-studies-2570