A Level Media Studies – OCR



GCE – A Level – Computer Science – OCR – NEA

The next cohort will begin inĀ September 2024.

Applications are now open!


Specification code: H409
Qualification number: 603/2339/5
This qualification is available in English only
First teaching 2023, first assessment 2025

Media Language and Representation

  • Analysing the language of media texts, including visual, auditory, and written elements.
  • Exploring how different social groups, cultures, and identities are represented in media texts.
  • Investigating the use of stereotypes, tropes, and archetypes in media representation.
  • Examining the role of ideology and power dynamics in shaping media representations.

Media Industries and Audiences

  • Understanding the structure and function of media industries, including production, distribution, and exhibition.
  • Analysing the economic, political, and technological factors influencing media production and consumption.
  • Investigating audience reception and consumption patterns across different media platforms.
  • Exploring the role of media regulation and policy in shaping industry practices and audience experiences.

Media Contexts and Institutions

  • Situating media texts within their historical, cultural, and social contexts.
  • Examining the influence of institutions such as government, corporations, and grassroots movements on media
  • production and dissemination.
  • Investigating the impact of globalization and digitalization on media flows, convergence, and circulation.
  • Analysing media events, controversies, and phenomena as reflections of broader societal trends and discourses

Critical Theory and Methodology

  • Engaging with key theoretical approaches in media studies, such as semiotics, feminism, Marxism, postcolonialism, and queer theory.
  • Applying critical methodologies to analyze media texts, including textual analysis, discourse analysis, and reception studies.
  • Evaluating the strengths and limitations of different theoretical frameworks in understanding media phenomena and cultural representations.
  • Reflecting on the ethical implications of media research and the researcher’s positionality within the study of media.

Media Production and Creativity

  • Developing practical skills in media production, including scriptwriting, cinematography, editing, and sound design.
  • Experiment with different media formats and genres, such as film, television, radio, advertising, and digital media.
  • Crafting original media products that demonstrate creative vision, technical proficiency, and critical engagement with media conventions.
  • Reflecting on the creative process and the role of the media producer as a storyteller, communicator, and cultural producer.

Media Consumption and Identity

  • Investigating how media consumption practices shape individual and collective identities.
  • Exploring the role of fandom, subcultures, and online communities in constructing identity through media engagement.
  • Analysing the representation of identity categories such as gender, race, class, sexuality, and disability in media texts.
  • Reflecting on how media consumption intersects with personal experiences, social relationships, and cultural belonging.

Media Ethics and Regulation

  • Examining ethical issues related to media production, distribution, and consumption, such as privacy, accuracy, representation, and censorship.
  • Evaluating the role of media regulation and self-regulatory mechanisms in addressing ethical concerns and protecting societal interests.
  • Analysing case studies of media controversies and ethical dilemmas, considering diverse perspectives and stakeholders’ interests.
  • Reflecting on one’s ethical responsibilities as a media producer, consumer, and citizen within a mediated society.

Media and Social Change

  • Exploring the role of media in shaping public opinion, political discourse, and social movements.
  • Analysing media representations of social issues such as inequality, activism, environmentalism, and human rights.
  • Investigating the potential of media activism, citizen journalism, and participatory media practices in fostering social change.
  • Reflecting on the ethical and practical challenges of using media as a tool for social advocacy, empowerment, and resistance.


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