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A-Level Media

Specification/Exam Board:  AQA

Criteria for Entry: Grade C* or above in GCSE Media

Course Details

Subject Content (Theoretical Framework):

  • Media Language
  • Media Representation
  • Media Industries
  • Media Audiences

Study of 9 Close Study Products that cover all forms of media including:

  • Audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)
  • Online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)
  • Print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)

All products will be considered in the light of the contexts:

  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Historical
  • Economical
  • Political

Media Debates

Media Effects
Reality TV
News Values
Moral Panics
Post 9/11 and the media
Ownership and Control
Regulation and Censorship
Media Technology and the digital revolution – changing technologies in the 21st century.

Media Theories

Structuralism and post-structuralism
Postmodernism and its critiques
Politics and the media
Gender and ethnicity
Marxism and Hegemony
Liberal Pluralism
Colonialism and Post-colonialism
Consumption and Production
Audience Theories
Genre Theories

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