Summary of course content
By studying this Cambridge International AS & A Level course candidates will:
- develop critical understanding of international media through engagement with media products and concepts
- develop critical understanding of international media through engagement with the creative application of practical skills
- explore production processes, technologies and contexts
- develop independence in research skills and their application
- enjoy and appreciate the media and its role in their daily lives
- appreciate and engage with a variety of global and local media texts
- explore the impact of the media within a variety of cultures and how this influences social values.
Skills and understanding common to all areas of study
- Media forms and media platforms.
- Case studies.
- The ability to apply practical skills creatively, the ability to analyse their own and published media products critically, research and evaluation skills and information management and project management skills.
- Knowledge and understanding relating to the key concepts of Language, Representation, Industry and Audience.
AS Level subject content
Candidates must study:
- Media texts
- Technical elements
- Media contexts
Candidates must study at least one media area specified below:
- Radio and podcasts
- Video games
A Level subject content
In addition to the above, candidates must study at least two of the following topics:
- Media regulation
- Postmodern media
- Power and the media
Candidates must also study:
- Media ecology
How the course is assessed
For Cambridge International AS Level Media Studies, candidates take two papers.
For Cambridge International A Level Media Studies, candidates take four papers.
Guided Learning Hours
We design Cambridge International AS & A Level syllabuses based on learners having about 180 guided learning hours for each Cambridge International AS Level and about 360 guided learning hours for a Cambridge International A Level. The number of hours a learner needs to achieve the qualification may vary according to local practice and their previous experience of the subject.