GCE A Level AQA Media Studies
Year 12 AS Level Course Outline
Students follow the AQA specification for Media Studies.
AS Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of a theoretical framework that has 4 key concepts: • media language • media representation • media industries • media audiences.
Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms: • television • film • radio • newspapers • magazines • advertising and marketing • online, social and participatory media • video games • music video.
In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, students will engage in the in depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online, social and participatory media form.
Assessment is by written exam and Non-Exam Assessment
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (112 marks)
Weighting: 70% of AS Level
Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations in relation to two of the following media forms: • advertising and marketing • magazines • video games.
Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences in relation to two of the following forms: • television • music video • film (industries only).
Section C will test students' knowledge of all four areas of the theoretical framework in relation to two of the following forms: • radio • newspapers • online, social and participatory media.
Non-exam assessment: Creating a media product (60 marks)
Weighting: 30% of AS Level
Students produce a statement of intent and a media product made for an intended audience which demonstrates
• Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.
• Ability to create media products