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.

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. 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.

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: Television in the Global Age, Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media and Media in the Online Age.

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 5 in GCSE Media Studies or Grade 5 in GCSE English.

Progression routes 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.