Media Studies Coursework Helpful

  1. Hey everyone, I'm pretty new on here, but please hear me out, and try and help me, because like most students, I'm starting to panic!!

    I'm in Year 11, and I'm doing Media Studies AQA (as you can tell). Now, I did my exam last year on Reality TV, getting 100%. My teacher was pushing for me to go for the Double Award, but failed to inform me the amount of work needed for Unit 4. So this is the breakdown:

    Unit 1 - Reality TV Exam
    Unit 2 - Coursework
    Unit 3 - Institutions Exam
    Unit 4 - Investigation Coursework

    Upon hearing this January the amount of work required, I decided to consolidate my 100% and stick with the single award - just units 1 and 2 (as I'd rather have an A* than a BC/CD equivalent). However, as we'd wasted time learning institutions, we were left with just the coursework to do, and only 2011 to do it in. She has now said that the deadline for coursework is March 28th - let me tell you about the coursework.

    To me, there are 2 parts to all 3 tasks - creative and analytical.

    Assignment 1
    We've gone for magazines. Therefore, we had to create a magazine cover for our creative task. Only NOW though has she realised that it might be two editions, not one. What has everyone else done?

    Along with this is the analytical task. We had to analyse two magazine covers, which I did. however, she's telling us we need to analyse our own magazines we created as well. Is this right!?!?

    Assignment 2
    This is the real problem. It's something to do with creating a DVD cover. We are yet to start, and we're still pretty lost. We have to use 90% of our own photographs. How can we promote a film without using proper photos? Or is it a made up film?

    The analytical task. In one breath, she says we have to compare two methods of film promotion. In the next, it's two 1000 essays on our DVD cover. In another breath, it's just the basic design of our DVD covers. Then I read something about a "cross media" investigation - isn't that unit 4?!? Help! Who has done this assignment yet, and what exactly did you do?

    Assignment 3
    We went for radio. Now, we got in a radio DJ to help us produce our programme, which we have done with great success. Creative side = done.

    Analysis though, what has to be done? Again, she's getting us to research Radio 1, the DJs, create a brief that we'd send to Radio 1 about our radio show. She said it mustn't be more than 12 pages - what has to be marked though?

    I've been doing as she says so far, as she is the one marking our coursework. I've now got to the point where I have 25 days left, and still not a bloody clue as to what we need to do. I need all As and A*s to get a 100% scholarship at my school, and with 40% already in the bag, I must surely push for an A*. However, she doesn't seem to know what she's doing. Luckily, it's a class of 3, but we still have lost all direction. We ask her these questions, and she says "I'll ask AQA" - and we get nothing back. Any help would be much appreciated!!

  2. Bumping this - I emailed AQA but they said I have to go through my teacher and coursework advisor. Guys please help! :/

  3. Can someone help?! I need a comparison of two jingles and of two features on the radio. (A page each)


A-level Media Studies offers students a comprehensive and integrated coverage of media theory and practice. There's a focus on new technologies, and students will complete practical work in both AS and A2.

The course covers a variety of contemporary topics and debates, from the way the media presents news and fiction, the impact of technological and e-media changes, to the production of marketing for a musical artist.

What teachers like

Teachers tell us they like:

  • the practical work as it appeals to those who are creative and artistic
  • the coherence between the units at AS, the way the exam and coursework are linked
  • the opportunities for independent work which promotes student choice, enabling students to study topics that engage and are relevant to them
  • the fact that it supports teachers in stretching the most able, whilst also ensuring the course is suitable for the whole ability range
  • the choice of three coursework briefs, with a rolling programme of change at AS
  • the way rigorous critical theory is incorporated at A2.

What students like

Students tell us they like:

  • its contemporary relevance
  • the hands-on practical work involved in producing a video, web page or magazine
  • the skills gained from the coursework units – learning about the process in the planning phase, developing production skills and evaluating their completed work against their intentions
  • how the topics covered relate to their everyday lives.

Skills developed

Students will learn:

  • how to research, plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills
  • to evaluate their own practical work
  • to understand codes and conventions of the different platforms (broadcasting, e-media, print)
  • how to apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes
  • to increase their knowledge and understanding of media concepts
  • to develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • to develop their knowledge and understanding of contexts and critical media debates and issues.

Teaching support

Teachers can get a wide variety of support for this specification from AQA. This includes:

  • coursework advisers for Media Studies
  • past question papers and mark schemes
  • reports on the examination
  • enhanced results analysis to allow teachers to compare results with those of other schools and colleges
  • online resources including a Teacher Resource Bank to help with planning and delivery
  • regular continuing professional development (CPD)
  • help for teachers with coursework standardisation.

Follow-on study

A-level Media Studies provides a good foundation for higher education and for further study of media-related courses. It is a great choice for people considering a career in the media.


Candidates may re-sit a unit any number of times within the shelf-life of the specification. The best result for each unit will count towards the final qualification.

Candidates who wish to repeat a qualification may do so by re-taking one or more units.

Private candidates

Private candidates must be attending an AQA centre which will supervise and assess the centre-assessed work. For more information see Private candidates.

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