Aims of the Department 

The Media Department aims to deliver an enriching and invigorating curriculum that enlightens, informs and inspires students through the teaching of the AQA Media Studies A-Level.

A level Media

Course Details

Do you think Social Media distorts our impression of reality? Are footballers such as Raheem Sterling demonised by the Media because of their race? Does film and television reduce female characters to sexualised objects? If you have ever considered any of these questions, or have a gut feeling about your response to them, then Media Studies could be the course for you.

This newly-refined course covers a wealth of different forms of Media including Television, Film, Music Videos, Print Media, Social Media and Video Games and seeks to analyse the influence of these various forms upon the world that we live in.

The nature of this ever-changing Media landscape makes the course feel current and students will use their analytical skills to evaluate the role the Media plays in representing different social and ethnic groups, how and why Media is targeted at different audiences, how Media language shapes meaning and how these Media industries operate in an increasingly globalised world.

Study of this course includes some Close-study products (CSPs) where we analyse examples of Media texts in detail, including the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider video games, Modern Television Dramas such as Deutschland 83, music videos such as The Specials – Ghost Town and a variety of mainstream and indie print media, relating them to the historical and social contexts in which they exist.

Later on in the course you will also have the opportunity to produce your own Media product for your Non-exam assessment (NEA) which makes up 30% of your final A-Level grade. This might be a film trailer, music video, newspaper issue or an advertising campaign as specified by AQA each year in the six product briefs that they issue. In order to achieve this, you will spend a considerable amount of time using various computer and editing software to produce your final Media product in accordance with your chosen brief. No previous editing experience is required, and you will have exclusive access to the equipment within our well-resourced department during lesson time and beyond.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this course, please contact Mr Shortt in the first instance.

Link to Specification


This course is a combination of both theoretical and practical application. Students will sit two exam papers in Year 13, each worth 35% of their final grade. This is complemented by their Non-exam Assessment (NEA) grade of 30%, which is made up of a student’s creative Media product that follows a brief set by the exam board alongside a supporting statement in which students must justify their creative choices.

Enrichment Opportunities

Throughout the study of this course students will have the opportunity to attend film and television screenings as a class to enhance their close analysis of these mediums, as well as trips into the community to evaluate the impact of various forms of Media upon different demographics.


Media Studies is a popular and increasingly prominent course at University level, there are countless undergraduate and postgraduate courses relating to Media Studies in differing levels of focus both nationally and globally. Due to the wide variety of organisational, creative, and technical skills associated with Media Studies, this qualification enables students to pursue various careers including the following: Copywriter, Computer Games Tester, Advertising Media Buyer, Copywriter, Cinematographer, Photographer, Television Presenter, Teacher, Public Relations Officer, Social Media Manager, Theatrical Producer, Film/TV Operator, Film/TV Producer, Video Editor, Web Content Manager, Community Worker and many more.

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