Media Studies

Faculty:   Media                                                                       

Level: AS and A2

Examination Board  / website : AQA – www.aqa.org.uk

Assessment Details :

Students are assessed through coursework and exam

Written Examinations  (Unit titles, duration, % weighting) :


MEST 1 – Investigating Media 50%, 2 hour exam


MEST 3 – Critical Perspectives 50% of A2, 25% total A Level, 2 hour exam

Practical Examinations : N/A

Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates) :


MEST 2 – Creating Media 50%

Coursework submission date - March


MEST 4  - Media: Research and Production 50% of A2, 25 of total A Level

Coursework submission date - March

Course Outline :

Students are expected to have an interest in the media and a passion for analysis. They will be taught how to ‘read’ media texts and to analyse them thoroughly. They will sit an exam in Year 12 which involves the analysis of unseen media as well as essay based responses for a prepared case study. In Year 13, they will use the skills acquired in Year 12 to undertake a critical investigation and a linked practical piece. The exam will focus on relevant theories and debates around digital media and representation as well as an unseen text.

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course :Excellent attention to detail, with an enthusiasm for media. A keen interest in the practical aspects of the media as well as the ability to analyse and apply theory.

Goes well with :





Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:


Film making

Any practical media profession

For further information, please contact:

Mrs Worboys (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mrs Beames (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Thursday the 25th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk