Media Studies

Curriculum Intent

In Media, our intent is:

To offer students the opportunity to evaluate the role of the media in contemporary society, to recognise the value and importance of media institutions. The A Level course require the study of a wide range of media texts and products to encourage learners to understand how contexts, political bias and stereotyping impacts on meaning.

Course Overview

Media Studies is a popular A Level course underpinned by the Theoretical Framework: Media Language, Representation, Audience and Industry.

Through the study of a wide range of texts including print, audio and audio-visual texts, students learn about ownership, funding and how contextual factors impact the way in which audiences consume media products and respond to the construction of representations.

Media Studies students will evaluate a wide range of theories in relation to the set products studied, including Feminist Theory.


There are three components:

Component 1 – Exam – Worth 35% of A Level

Component 2 – Exam – Worth 35% of A Level

Component 3 – NEA project -Worth 30% of A Level

Exam Board Information

AS/A Level Media Studies

Future Steps

An A Level in Media Studies, followed by a degree could lead to:

  • presenter
  • advertising media buyer
  • copywriter
  • media researcher
  • broadcast journalist
  • Writer, journalism, editing
  • social media manager/influencer
  • media buyer
  • digital marketer
  • advertising designer
  • public relations officer
  • web content writer/manager