Media Studies A Level
Exam Board: WJEC
Assessment: 70% Examination, 30% controlled assessment
AS Level Investigating the Media
Examination (35%). Focuses on a range of texts such as advertising, marketing, music videos, newspapers, film, radio, video games – and media contexts. Questions are based on an understanding of media language, representation, industry and audience.
Investigating Media Forms and Products
Examination (35%) focuses on three products, television, magazines and online media. Questions are based on an understanding of media language, representation industry and audience.
Non-Exam Assessment (30%) An individual media production from the students, in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC. Displays knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.
Media Products, Industries and Audiences
Examination (35%) This focuses on texts such as advertising, marketing music video, newspapers, film, radio, video games and contexts. The questions will be based on media language, representation, industries, audiences and media contexts.
Media Forms and Products In Depth
Examination (35%) This exam focuses on texts such as television, magazines and online media. The questions will be based on media language, representation, industries, audiences and media contexts.
Cross Media Production
Non-Exam Assessment (30%) An individual cross-media production based on two forms (e.g. Print/Audio-Visual) in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC. This will reflect knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.
Why Study Media?
- Digital technology and rapid expansion of different Media in recent years has made studying and understanding the media far more important than it used to be.
- It will give you a critical understanding of the world around you which is saturated by the media.
- Opportunity to create your own Media productions such as Magazines, CD Sleeves, film posters and more.
- The delivery of the course will be tailored to your strengths and choices, allowing you the best opportunity to fulfil your potential.
- It is a FUN course, and a great place to learn in our dedicated Media centre.
Why choose The Deanery?
- Smaller class sizes mean that you get more one to one time with your tutor to help support you through the course.
- Several trips are available to students throughout the year, including a visit to MediaCityUK and BAFTA accredited York Film Festival.
- Results are excellent, with 100% of our A-Level pupils achieving A*-B grades this year (57% above National Average)
- Our most recent AS results are excellent with 100% of our students achieving A*-B grades (77% above National Average)
- Highly experienced and subject specialist teaching staff dedicated solely to the delivery of the subject.
- The department has good links with local media outlets.
- Although a good grade in GCSE English is a course requirement, you needn’t have studied the subject before to take this course, unlike other colleges.
But don’t just take our word for it; this is what the current students think:
- “The teaching is excellent, accompanied by the small class sizes; you always have a helping hand and someone to talk to”.
- “Media Studies is an amazing way to enhance your analysis skills and changes your perception of the world of Media completely.”
- “Media Studies is a great subject to take and opens a gateway to unique and exciting careers for the future.”
What could this subject lead to?
- Jobs directly related to the subject include :Media planner; Multimedia specialist; Programme researcher,; broadcasting/film/video; Public relations officer; Runner, broadcasting/film/video; Television/film/video producer.
- Last year Media graduates had a 7% higher employment rate than the national average for other subjects.
- The average starting salary for Media Studies graduates is £21,571.
- Today, Manchester is second largest centre of the creative and digital industries in Europe-There are over 200 businesses based at MediaCityUK.