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Media Studies

Specific Course Entry Requirements  
Examination Levels Offered AS and A-Level
Examination Board Eduquas

AS and A-Level Media Studies builds on students' informal learning, prior experience of media in Key Stages 1 to 3 and the knowledge, understanding and skills established at Key Stage 4, in whatever curricular context. 

An interesting and varied course that develops a greater understanding of the practical and theoretical elements of Media.

AS Level Course

  • Unit 1: MS1 - Media Representations and Responses - 25% (50%) External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper

    Three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material (interactive media will be

    presented as print-based).

  • Unit 2: MS2 - Media Production Processes - 25% (50%) Internal Assessment

Three components: one pre-production (20); one production which develops from the pre-production (40); and one report on the production process (40).

Group work is permitted for audio-visual productions only.

A2 Level Course

  • Unit 3: MS3 - Media Investigation & Production - 25% Internal Assessment

    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); and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research (10).

Group work permitted for audio-visual productions only.

  • Unit 4: MS4 - Media – Text, Industry and Audience - 25% External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper

    Three questions (30 marks per question).

Section A: one question from a choice of two.
Section B: two questions from a choice of four.  

Students must answer each question on a different media industry.



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