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Media Studies

AQA Media Studies for AL Yr 1 & AS: Student Book

Author(s): Stephanie Hendry, Elspeth Stevenson

awarding body: AQA

level: A Level Year 1 & AS

isbn: 978-1-911208-03-7

subject: Media Studies

Pages: 272pp



Approved by AQA, this Student Book offers high quality support you can trust


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Written by experienced Media Studies teachers with substantial examining experience

Knowledge, understanding and skills are developed through the textbook and presented in a highly accessible way

Includes practical approaches to developing skills, and contemporary case studies of media industries throughout

The Non-Exam Assessment is supported with a chapter containing clear, student-focused guidance

Contains practical suggestions for effective ways to deliver the subject content

Designed for students of all ability levels with extension questions and tasks to stretch and challenge the most able learners



Chapter 1: Reading print media

Chapter 2: Reading audio-visual media

Chapter 3: Reading digital media

Chapter 4: Media representations

Chapter 5: Media audiences

Chapter 6: Media industries

Chapter 7: Developing Media Studies Skills

Chapter 8: Close Study Products

Chapter 9: The Examination Paper

Chapter 10: Preparing for Production

Chapter 11: Making Media


The original AQA AS Media Studies CSP booklet, which the textbook was written to match, referenced the wrong series/episode of The Missing. This error was spotted after publication and therefore the book covers Series 1, Episode 1, however, corrected pages covering Series 2, Episode 2 can be downloaded here for free. The amended section was amended in subsequent reprints.


About the authors:

Stephanie Hendry has over twenty years’ experience as a Media Studies teacher and has developed and run a high achieving Media Studies course at a leading College in Lancashire. She is the author of a range of A level Media resources and has been at the forefront of Teacher Support and CPD delivery for ten years, writing and delivering training for media teachers. Stephanie has examining and moderating experience.

Elspeth Stevenson is an experienced Head of Media Studies who has worked in the field for almost twenty years and currently works in Cornwall’s largest secondary school. She has extensive examining experience and is also an experienced author.  She has previously co-authored two AQA endorsed A-Level Media Studies textbooks, as well as a specialist classroom resource on the topic of Television Crime Drama.