Media Studies A Level
What will I learn?
Section A – Analysing Media Language and Representation. This section assesses media language and representation in relation to media forms:
- 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 industires
- One stepped question on audiences
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.
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.
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English at grade 5 or above. An average GCSE points score of 3.2 or above.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
Component 1 –
Media Products, Industries and Audiences – Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes. A Level Weighted 25%.
Component 2 –
Media Forms and Products in Depth – Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes. A Level Weighted 35%.
Component 3 –
Cross-Media Production – Non exam assessment. A Level Weighted 30%.
Additional Learning Opportunities
You can take part in trips to media museums and cinema and enter your work into competitions.
Who is this course aimed at?
Media Studies is attractive to students who:
- want to know how and why we choose to see particular films or television programmes, listen to certain music etc.
- would like a chance to make practical productions of their own
- are interested in using media equipment – computers, video cameras, edit and sound-recording suites
- are keen to use new technologies, like the internet, to develop their skills
You will develop a range of practical and theoretical skills which could lead to employment or further study at HND or degree level in media and careers in broadcast or print journalism, advertising, media production or public relations.
- A Level
- Media Studies
- 2 Years