Media Studies (2570)

AQA's A-level Media Studies 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. 

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
  • Unit 2: Creating Media.

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

Unit 4: Media: Research and Production.

Teacher standardising meetings MEST2/MEST4 now available for booking

Suitable for schools/colleges offering the specification for the first time and those schools/colleges whose marks were adjusted by AQA in June 2014. The purpose of these meetings is to standardise marking using samples of work. Please visit our Professional Development section to find the 2014/2015 series of teacher standardising meetings.

The 2015 Creative Education Conference

The 2015 Creative Education Conference will be held at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Thursday 19 March. Find out more about The 2015 Creative Education Conference.


The last January exams for AS and A2 were in January 2013.
The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.