Media Studies
A Level

Awarding Body: Eduqas

Course Description

Media Studies is a fascinating insight into the visual world around us. You will develop a range of strong analytical skills, helping you to interpret the carefully crafted adverts and well-scripted television shows we come into contact with on a daily basis.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements for this course/level.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

The first year focuses on three core skills; image analysis, representation and audience. Combined, these skills will give you the toolkit needed to understand any media text you are presented with. The second year will focus more specifically on television studying programmes like Life On Mars and The Bridge, magazines like Vogue and The Big Issue and also online marketing. These are key areas in the modern media in which you may see yourself working. In addition to the theoretical aspects of Media Studies you will also develop skills in Photoshop, designing a range of products, from your own magazine, to DVD covers or perhaps a music video.

In Media Studies you will develop your analytical skills, allowing you to deconstruct a range of media products, including magazine covers, film trailers and adverts. In order to do this you will learn the technical vocabulary required, including camerawork, editing and sound.

In addition to this, you will also learn how to design a range of media artefacts, using the software Photoshop. This will enable you to manipulate photographs and create your own designs, transferring the analytical theory to practice.

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences:

  • Written examination
  • 35% of qualification

This component assesses the following:

  • Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation: This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two media forms: advertising and marketing, music video or newspapers.
  • Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences: This section assesses two of the following media forms- advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, and radio, video games and media contexts.

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

  • Written examination
  • 35% of qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections:

  • Section A- Television in the Global Age
  • Section B- Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media
  • Section C- Media in the Online Age

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

  • Non exam assessment
  • 30% of qualification

Take part in the Portsmouth College E6 Programme to enhance your A level Media Studies qualification. When moving into the competitive media industry it is valuable to gain some work experience. This may be in radio, advertising and marketing, or journalism. Whichever the focus, the E6 team can help.

Media Studies is a contemporary subject with lots of transferable skills. Success in this A level confirms to any university or employer your ability to analyse effectively and work to strict deadlines. It will demonstrate your ability to approach analytical tasks in a logical and effective manner. It works well with most other subjects and will certainly add strength to your overall course combination. Students who have studied A level Media Studies have progressed to university to study: English, Journalism, Media Studies, Business Studies, Drama and Graphic Design.

The final exams for A Level Media Studies are in the summer of the second year of the course.