Media Studies

The Eduqas A Level Media Studies at Aquinas College is 30% coursework and 70% exam, over two years.
2 exams will be sat at the end of the second year with the coursework being completed towards the end of the first year.

  • Course Outline
    • Exam 1: (Products, Industries and Audiences: 90 marks)

      • Analysis of an unseen print or audio visual text
      • Analysis of set texts. These may be newspapers, advertising campaigns radio programming or films

      Exam 2: (Media Forms and Products in Depth)

      • Apply and evaluate media theories such as Roland Barthes and Christian Metz to set texts.
      • Television in the Global Age (Humans and The Returned)
      • Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media (Woman’s Realm and Huck)
      • Media in the Online Age: (Zoella and Attitude)

      Coursework: set briefs will be released every March, covering a range of practical and academic bases e.g:

      • Music video
      • Film advertising and website
      • Magazine and accompanying blog
  • Careers Opportunities & Further Study
    • Most students that choose a Media – based route after college go on to complete apprenticeships and degrees at Salford University for it’s close proximity to Media City. There is an increasing number of students that choose to go straight into employment at advertising and design agencies such as McCann. Students also choose practical film making courses all over the country, journalism, advertising and marketing degrees.

  • Trips & Events
    • During their first year Media students can visit Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio, in London. In the second year students have the opportunity to visit New York.

      Media students go on cinema trips as well as university and library visits

      We have the annual Aquinas Film and TV Awards ceremony (AFTAS) for outstanding students and the Media Conference where industry professionals speak to our students

  • Useful Links

Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2018 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

What our students say

I’d like to thank the Media department so so much, Jack and Sheena especially as they gave me a passion that I didn’t know I could have. They showed me which direction I wanted to go in life with their dedication to teaching and their way of making learning so enjoyable. I can’t thank you enough

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