Media Studies A Level

What will I learn?

MS1 Media Representations and Responses
Three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material (digital media will be presented as print-based) (40%, 30% & 30%).

MS2 Media Production Processes (coursework)
Three components:

  • one pre-production (20%)
  • one production which develops from the pre-production (40%)
  • one report on the production process (40%)

MS3 Media Investigation & Production (coursework)
Three components:

  • a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation (45%)
  • a media production (45%)
  • an evaluation into how the production is informed by the  investigative research (10%)

MS4 Media –Text, Industry & Audience
Three compulsory questions (30 marks per question)
Candidates must answer each question on a different media industry.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English at grade 5 or above
GCSE (old) Points Average: 4.0 or above

How long will it take to qualify?

Two years

How will I be assessed?


MS1 One piece of practical production coursework (internally marked, externally moderated). AS Level weighting 50%, A Level weighting 25%

MS2 2½ hour exam (A: compulsory unseen analysis, B: compulsory question). AS Level weighting 50%, A Level weighting 25%


MS3 One piece of practical production coursework (internally marked, externally moderated). A Level weighting 25%

MS4 2½ hour exam (two compulsory questions). A Level weighting 25%

Additional Learning Opportunities

You can take part in trips to media museums and cinema and enter your work into competitions.

Who is this course aimed at?

Media Studies is attractive to students who:

  • want to know how and why we choose to see particular films or television programmes, listen to certain music etc.
  • would like a chance to make practical productions of their own
  • are interested in using media equipment – computers, video cameras, edit and sound-recording suites
  • are keen to use new technologies, like the internet, to develop their skills

What next?

You will develop a range of practical and theoretical skills which could lead to employment or further study at HND or degree level in media and careers in broadcast or print journalism, advertising, media production or public relations.




  • A Level


  • Media Studies

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+