Media Studies

Unit 1 and Unit 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of both units is underpinned by a set of key media concepts and media platforms eg:

  • Media Concepts
  • Media Forms 
  • Media Representations 
  • Media Institutions 
  • Media Audiences
  • Media Platforms 
  • Broadcasting
  • Digital/ web-based media (e-media)
  • Print 

AS
Unit 1: MEST1- Investigating Media (50% of AS, 25% of A2, 2 hour written examination, 80 marks)
Two Sections: A- four compulsory short answer questions
B- choice of one from two essays 

Unit 2: MEST2- Creating Media (50% of As, 25% of A level, Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated, 80 marks)
Externally set production briefs
Two linked production pieces taken from two of the three media platforms studied in unit 1 plus 1500 work evaluation

A2
At A2 candidates will build on their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media productions and consumption- why as well as how texts are created as they are. 

Unit 3: MEST3- Media Critical Perspectives (25% of A level, 2 hour written explanation)
Two sections: A-three compulsory questions on unseen stimulus pieces
B- one essay from a choice of two topics

Unit 4: MEST4 Media Research and Production (25% of A level, Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated, 80 marks)
Two sections: Critical investigation (48 marks)
Linked production piece (32 marks)