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GCSE Media Studies

WJEC Eduqas Media Studies

Aims

The specification offers students opportunities to:

  • Draw on their existing experience of the media and study products they wouldn’t normally engage with.
  • Make connections between different media forms and products, between different products and their context and between theory and practical work.
  • Engage with a range of rich and stimulating media forms and products.
  • Develop media production skills, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation to media forms and products.

 

Unit 1 – Exploring the Media

Written examination (1½ hours) 40% of qualification

This unit introduces students to knowledge, understanding and skills to look critically at media products through media language and representation. Media industries are studied in relation to some forms and audiences responses in relation to others.

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation

This section will assess knowledge and understanding of media language, considering how the selection and combination of elements of media language influence and communicate meanings in media products.

Students must study the following media forms:

 

Magazine front covers

Film posters (marketing)

Newspaper front pages

Print Advertisements

Pride (2015)

GQ   (2016)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Spectre (2015)

The Guardian (2015)

The Sun (2015)

Quality Street (1950s)

This Girl Can (2016)

 

There are two questions:

Question 1 will assess media language and will require analysis of one of the products set for study.   Question 2 will assess context and representation in relation to a different media form (unseen) from that assessed in Q1.

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences

This section will assess knowledge and understanding of media industries and their audiences in relation to the four forms studied.

Film

Newspapers

Radio

Video Games

Spectre (2015)

The Sun (2015)

The Archers

(BBC Radio 4)

Pokemon Go (2016)

 

Question 3 is a stepped question assessing knowledge and understanding of media industries in relation to one form studied.

Question 4 will be a stepped question assessing knowledge and understanding of audiences in relation to a different media form from that assessed in the previous question.

 

 

A-Level Media

WJEC Eduquas GCE AS in MEDIA STUDIES

The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics, shaping our perceptions of the world through representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The Media Studies course offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of key issues using a theoretical framework and key theories to support critical exploration, analysis and debate.

AS Media Studies offers a broad and engaging course in terms of study and enables students to:

  • Develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision making and analysis
  • Demonstrate a critical approach to media issues
  • Develop 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
  • Demonstrate practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.

 

WJEC Eduquas GCE AS in MEDIA STUDIES

Component 1: Investigating the Media Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 35% of AS qualification

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

Section A: Investigating 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:

Section B: Investigating Media Industries and Audiences This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games - and media contexts.

Component 2: Investigating Media Forms and Products Written examination: 2 hours 35% of AS qualification

This examination assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. The exam consists of three sections

Section A – Television -                                                                  

Section B – Magazines

Section C – Online Media

Component 3: Media Production Non-exam assessment 30% of qualification

An individual media production comprising a single media product created in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework

 

 

WJEC Eduquas GCE A Level in MEDIA STUDIES

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:

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:

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 35% of  A Level 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 Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media Section C – Media in the Online Age

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.