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Exam board specification: OCR

How the course is assessed:

Content Overview

Assessment Overview


Learners will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products. Learners will use aspects of the theoretical framework to analyse and evaluate their own cross-media productions.

Media products

60 marks 1 hour and 45 minutes (including 10 minutes viewing time) Written paper 

30% of total A level

Learners will explore and analyse the ideas and arguments from debates about the media. These debates will be drawn from:

  • a historical perspective  
  • the digital age
  • global media. 



Media in a digital age 80 marks 2 hours Written paper

40% of total A level

Learners will practically explore the creation of three linked media products in a cross-media production.

Making media

60 marks Non-exam assessment (NEA)

30% of total A level

Description of course:

OCR’s A Level in Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of both global and historical media. This course will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media.

Higher education, future careers and progression routes:

Progression to university-level courses in Media, Film, Television, Computer Games, Journalism, and related industries; and / or progression into jobs in the Media industry, Social Sciences, Arts, Music.

2017 Examination success rates:

Pass rate: 100%
A*-B grades: 88%
A*-C grades: 100%

Entry criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 4 or higher in English Language, grade 4 or higher in Maths (point score of 44.5 or higher).

To study A Level Media, students are also required to have a GCSE grade B or equivalent in a Media related subject or a grade 5 in English Language if no GCSE.

Additional information - What other students have said about the course:

This draft qualification has not yet been accredited by Ofqual. It is published to enable teachers to have early sight of OCR’s proposed approach to A Level in Media Studies. This information may be subject to change. Please see the website for further updates.

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