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Media

Media Studies

Subject

Media Studies A level

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades 9-4 including English grade 4 or above and/or Media Studies grade 3 and above (students do not have to have studied Media Studies for GCSE)

Exam Board

WJEC Eduqas

Content relating to the subject qualification

Overview

 

The WJEC Eduqas A level in Media Studies offers a broad, engaging and stimulating course of study which enables learners to:

 

· demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis

· demonstrate a critical approach to media issues

· demonstrate appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture, politics and the economy

· develop an understanding of the dynamic and changing relationships between media forms, products, industries and audiences

· demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the global nature of the media

· apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed

· make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues

· engage in critical debate about academic theories used in media studies

· appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and practice supports theoretical understanding

· demonstrate sophisticated practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.

 

Assessment of the qualification

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (35% of qualification)

 

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections:

 

Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. There are two questions in this section:

  • one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or print resource
  • one extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product and an unseen audio-visual or print resource in relation to media contexts.

 

Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games - and media contexts.

It includes:

  • one stepped question on media industries
  • one stepped question on audiences.

 

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (35% of qualification)

 

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections:

 

Section A – Television in the Global Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

 

Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

 

Section C – Media in the Online Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

 

Non exam assessment (30% of qualification)

An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

 

Career Pathways

Jobs directly related to media studies include:

Jobs where your media studies would be useful include: