Media Studies AS and A Level Course Overview
The OCR Media Studies A Level provides an integrated introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of the two-year course is underpinned by a set of key media concepts:
- Media language
- Media representation
- Media industries
- Media audiences
Our Media Studies A Level course online students will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. Topics covered are contemporary, and diverse, encouraging development of research and problem-solving skills as well as creativity. Students will also refine debating skills through the discussion of contemporary issues from a range of perspectives.
Media Studies A Level students sit two written papers. There is also a non-examination assessment, in the form of coursework, worth 30% of the qualification.
Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Media Studies previously.
A Level Media Studies provides a suitable foundation for the study of Media or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Media, or as part of a course of general education.
In the October of Year 11, 12 and 13 parents and guardians will receive an email asking which exams the learner intends to take, and where they would like to take them. Parents and guardians must inform InterHigh if they need assistance finding an exam centre by mid-October.
InterHigh can support you in finding a local exam centre. It is then down to the individual to register with the centre of choice and pay the exam fees to the centre directly. As each exam centre sets their own fees we cannot provide accurate pricing, however as an example, you can see our own fees by clicking here
Physical, medical or learning support needs may be eligible for access arrangements during exams. These can include:
- Extra time of 25%*
- Extra time up to 50%*
- A reader*
- A scribe*
- Supervised rest breaks
- Separate room
- Use of a laptop
- Enlarged print exam papers
*These arrangements must be approved by the exam board. The learner will need to undertake learning assessments with an Educational Psychologist or specialist assessor in order to complete the application form. These assessments can take up to 18 months to process.
The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year that the learner sits exams.
Students based in the UK have the option to pay annually, per term or monthly. International students based outside the UK cannot pay monthly.
There are no formal entry requirements for this subject.
However, if you’re looking to study this subject as one of four A Levels, we strongly advise you only do so if you are predicted at least a grade 7 at GCSE / IGCSE in this subject or a relevant subject.
You are also required to discuss your options with our Head of Key Stage 5, Nick Leney - firstname.lastname@example.org, for guidance prior to starting your programme.