Media Studies

Exam Board

  • WJEC

A Level Media Studies encourages students to think more critically about the way in which the media shapes our ideas and attitudes. The A Level course is made up of the following components: Media Products, Industries and Audience, Media Forms and Products In Depth, and Cross Media Production. There is the perfect balance between theory and practice with A Level media studies. Whether it is the way in which media texts represent gender or whether we are looking at the impact technology has on the British film industry, A Level media studies offers students the opportunity to become truly media literate and true critical thinkers.

Course Content

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections:

Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. There are two questions in this section:

  • one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or print resource
  • one extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product and an unseen audio-visual or print resource in relation to media contexts.

Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games and media contexts.

It includes:

  • one stepped question on media industries
  • one stepped question on audiences

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections:

Section A – Television in the Global Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section C – Media in the Online Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Component 3: Cross-Media Production Non exam assessment

30% of qualification

An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in English GCSE.

Progression Route and Careers

Most students who take A Level Media Studies go on to complete higher education degrees in media, film, media production, marketing, events management, cultural studies, law and journalism.