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Key Stage 5 Media Studies (GCE)

Awarding Body: AQA 2570

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives
  • Develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills
  • Explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts
  • Become independent in research skills and their application in their practical work and in developing their own views and interpretations.

AS outline

At AS, candidates investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies:

  • Unit 1: Investigating Media (2 hour written exam - 50% AS/25% A2)
  • Unit 2: Creating Media. (production work - 50% AS/25% A2)

A2 outline

At A2, candidates are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary media issues:

  • Unit 3: Critical Perspectives (written exam - 25% A2)
  • Unit 4: Media: Research and Production (25% A2)