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Media Studies

Cambridge Advanced

Why Study Cambridge International AS & A Level Media Studies?

Cambridge International AS and A Level Media Studies offers you the chance to develop an understanding and appreciation of the place of media in our everyday lives.

The course enables you to take a hands-on approach to the subject. Through the coursework components – the Foundation Portfolio for AS Level and the Advanced Portfolio for A Level – you will create your own media products from planning through to execution. You will also consider and analyse examples from existing media, examining production processes and technologies and the effects they achieve. (Cambridge Assessment International Education, n.d.)

Key concepts covered in the course

  • Film
  • Music
  • Print
  • Radio and podcasts
  • Video games
  • Media regulation
  • Postmodern media
  • Power and the media
  • Media ecology

Prior requirements and hours of study

Cambridge International AS Level Media Studies requires about 180 hours of study, and Cambridge International A Level Media Studies requires about 360 hours of study. These figures are for guidance only. The number of hours needed may vary depending on your previous experience of the subject.

We do not expect learners starting this course to have previously studied Media Studies. It is necessary that all A-Level students have IGCSE English Language or the equivalent at Grade C/4 or above.



Students studying AS Level Media Studies only take two components out of four in a single examination series.

Students studying A Level Media Studies take all four components.

Paper 1 Duration AS Level A Level
Foundation Portfolio - 50% 25%
Paper 2 Duration AS Level A Level
Media Text and Context 2 hours 50% 25%
Paper 3 Duration AS Level A Level
Advanced Portfolio - - 25%
Paper 4 Duration AS Level A Level
Critical Perspectives 2 hours - 25%

Examination Entry

All students who complete the appropriate courses at Cambridge Online Academy are eligible to sit exams like the International GCSEs or A/AS Levels through Cambridge International. But while students can do all of their learning online at home, we cannot administer exams online. To sit exams, students must travel in person to one of 10,000 Cambridge International Exam Centres located in 160 countries around the globe.

But we’re here to help. We’ll provide you with all the necessary exam codes you need to present to the exam centre, and any other pertinent information you need to know to get your child signed up correctly.

Also, as part of the initial information, we provide during the pre-enrolment process, you’ll receive contact information for all the Cambridge International Exam Centres in your area. Once you’ve ensured that the exam centre of your choice offers the specific exam level your child needs, the exam centre will arrange accommodations for your child and give you detailed information on obtaining the results.

Course Fee

The fee for Cambridge International AS & A Level Media Studies can be paid in monthly or termly instalments.

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