Media Studies

Media Studies

Media Studies AQA

Media studies at Malbank School is a popular subject with lots of students choosing to take the two year course every year. We look at four key concepts, applying them to a wide range of media text, focusing on how and why the media influences us in our daily lives. Lessons are fun and engaging and lead to a variety of practical work, completed in Year 13. The team are experienced media teachers who have a love and passion for their subject.

Assessments

Media One

What's assessed?

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section will test the following forms:

advertising and marketing
music video.

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

radio
newspapers
film (industries only).

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours
84 marks
35% of A-level

Questions

A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products.
Two essay questions (20 marks), one of which is an extended response question 

Media Two

What's assessed?

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours
84 marks
35% of A-level

Questions

One medium length unseen analysis question.
Three essay questions (25 marks), one of which is an extended response question and one of which is a synoptic question.
Non-exam assessment: Creating a cross-media production

What's assessed?

Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.
Ability to create media products.

How it's assessed

A choice of one of six annually changing briefs, set by AQA.
60 marks
30% of A-level
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA

Tasks

Students produce:
a statement of intent
a cross-media production made for an intended audience 

What are the entry requirements?

It is essential that students have a strong interest and passion for understanding the media, and an creative and quizzical ability would be beneficial. A-C grade in English is essential.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Media Studies is a subject based on theory which links well with any academic subject but requires an equally strong creative mind set. Students studying Media often combine with Art & Design, ICT, Performing Arts and Design Tech. History, English and Psychology provide excellent analytical skills which transfer to Media well.

What career paths would this course lead to?

The skills acquired studying Media can continue onto related fields in Further Education such as Media, Advertising, Graphic Design, Journalism, TV & Radio Production.

What specific skills will I learn?

Not to believe everything you see, read or hear

What Extra Opportunities are available?

We take an annual study visit to the National Media Centre at Bradford where students attend lectures by professional film/television critics who share techniques and give an interesting and valuable insight into the industry.

  "Budding directors from 6th form Media using HD video camera"
  "A Level students record original sound tracks and voice- overs for their film productions"