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Media Studies  

Exam board: AQA 7572

Why choose to study Media Studies?

Media Studies at Copthall has proven to be a very successful A Level subject. Students who get the opportunity to study the Media get very good results because they are not only doing something that they have not had the opportunity to do before but are also given the tools to look at the world in a way that they have never done before. Enthusiasm for the subject comes from the contextual relevance of it. People today live in a Media saturated world and it is important to understand how, why and by whom Media texts are constructed.  To further secure their understanding they are also given the opportunity to create their own Media texts which demonstrate and nurture student’s creative skills, team work and organisation skills that they are not given the opportunity to show in other subjects.

Course outline:

4 hours of exams (2 written papers of 2 hours)

Component 1 (35%) issues and debates – a theme will be released by AQA prior to the exam

Component 2 (35%) analysis of close study product or CSP – which is named and provided by AQA

Component 3 (30%) creating a media product – topic will be provided by AQA

A Level







Written Examination


4 hours



Practical Production





Essential student qualifications/abilities:

  • At least two C grades in English.
  • The ability to show commitment to working as part of a group and to  meeting deadlines.
  • Students must show dedication to independent study, researching and analysing media texts; and working with practical equipment.

Desirable student qualifications/abilities:

  • Students need to develop their critical thinking and ability to seek out the ‘why’ in meanings created by The Media.
  • An enthusiastic approach to keeping up with, and ahead of, debates regarding current media issues in the news, television and film.

Higher education opportunities:

There are a plethora of Media based degrees available at Universities. There are also practical foundation courses and apprenticeships which can open doors in to the competitive Media Industry. Many Y13 students who have studied Media at Copthall have gone on to do Media based degrees which they would never have done if they had not taken it at A Level.

Career opportunities:

The Media Industry is the fastest growing industry in the world. There are always new jobs and roles being created within this field from Administrative, Sales and PR to Vision mixing, animation and Sound editing.

Essential Field Trips involving financial commitment:

We try to keep most of our trips and study days free for students. There are no compulsory trips that require financial commitment. 

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