A Level Media Studies

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Media Studies
Code 7572
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3


This A Level Media Studies qualification is based on the theoretical framework for analysing and creating media, which provides you with the tools to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the media. The framework consists of four inter-related areas: 

Media language: how the media through their forms, codes, conventions and techniques communicate meanings; 

Representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups; 

Media industries: how the media industries' processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms; 

Audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them, and how members of audiences become producers themselves.


The following forms are studied in depth through applying all areas of the framework: newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media. Advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games are studied in relation to selected areas of the framework.

How will it be delivered?

The Media course is assessed through three separate elements: 

1: Meaning and Representations in the Media - a 2 hour exam worth 30% of the qualification and covering the following media forms: music videos; video games; advertising; film marketing; newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes. 

2: Media Forms and Products in Depth - a 3 hour exam worth 40% of the qualification assessing knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. 

3: Media Production – a non-exam assessment worth 30% of the qualification and comprising an individual media production in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

Entry requirements

GCSE Level 6 in English 

 Sixth Form entry also requires:  

 • GCSE Level 5 in Mathematics 

• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5

Your next steps...

This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Media Studies or a related area on a range of Higher Education degree courses, or for employment in a number of media-related industries. These might include broadcasting, journalism, the internet, new media, video games, animation, production and research.