Specification at a glance

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Subject content

  1. Media language
  2. Media representation
  3. Media industries
  4. Media audiences

Assessments

Media One

What's assessed

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section will test the following forms:
  • advertising and marketing
  • music video.
Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:
  • radio
  • newspapers
  • film (industries only).

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of A-level

Questions

  • A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products.
  • Two essay questions (20 marks), one of which is an extended response question.

Media Two

What's assessed

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of A-level

Questions

  • One medium length unseen analysis question.
  • Three essay questions (25 marks), one of which is an extended response question and one of which is a synoptic question.

Non-exam assessment: Creating a cross-media production

What's assessed

  • Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.
  • Ability to create media products.

How it's assessed

  • A choice of one of six annually changing briefs, set by AQA.
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of A-level
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA

Tasks

Students produce:
  • a statement of intent
  • a cross-media production made for an intended audience.