Media Studies challenges and empowers students to analyse and interpret the world around them. Our students live lives that are saturated with media content, products and messages and they need to be informed and able to think critically about the media and its role in everyday life. The media is often controlled by powerful corporate interests. These individuals and institutions shape how we view the world. Students need to recognise the things that influence the media.

The media is constantly changing. The progress of technology, mobility, connectivity, and digitisation is generating new forms of communication. Students are increasingly participating in this dynamic new environment. Through active engagement with the media, they will deepen their awareness of the power of the media.

We will prepare students for further study in the subject of for the world of work in the media industry. We will develop their production skills which can contribute to a portfolio of media work and introduce them to areas of study they will encounter at undergraduate level. We will build their capacity for independent research and they will gain a deeper understanding of the role the media plays in day to day life.


A level Media Studies

Awarding body AQA

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5 or above in both maths and English.

Course content

A-level Media Studies engages students in the detailed study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: 

  • Media language; media representation; media industries; media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • Audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising , video games and music video)
  • Online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)
  • Print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)

Year 12

In Year 12 we will explore the key concepts and apply our understanding of these to a range of close study products that include:

Television (Witnesses and The Missing)

Magazines (Men’s Health and Oh Comely)

Music Videos (Letter to the Free; Billie Jean and Ghost Town)

Advertising and Marketing (Score and Maybeline)

Video Games (Tomb Raider; Metroid and Sims)

Year 13

In Year 13 we will develop our understanding of media theories and apply complex theories to a range of close study products that include:

Radio (War of the Worlds and Newsbeat)

Newspapers (The I and The Daily Mail)

Film Industries (Blinded by the Light)

As well as the close study products you will also complete a piece of Non-Examined Assessment where you will create a media product from a brief issued by the exam board.


Two written examinations at the end of Year 13. Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media and the analysis of media products. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products and will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created.

A piece of Non-examined Assessment will also be completed and students will independently create a media product in response to a brief set by AQA. This product can be in any of the following formats: video, print, digital.

Studying media at The Hermitage gave me a great understanding of how products are created in the media industry. I really enjoyed learning about pre-production processes and then being able to use that knowledge to create my own products such as a digital magazine and a music video. Learning about media theor...
Emma Gray, Year 13 student

Why study media?

Media Studies is of particular value to those hoping to pursue careers in the media industry that might include working in film and television production, journalism, advertising and marketing, public relations.