- Course Code: 51090
- Duration: 2 years
- Validated by: Welsh Joint Education Committee
The media is all around us and dominates our lives from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep at night whether it is the radio, television, internet, video games or iPads. Therefore, it makes sense to study how the major media organisations manipulate us into making choices that affect our entire lives. We all use the media and it could be argued that our culture is media saturated. We must therefore note the commanding presence and power that the media have in our lives. This is a fact of modern life and provides the major rationale for A-Level Media Studies.
- What will I study?
Media Studies is currently a part of the reformation of A Level process. Below is part of the draft specification which is subject to change. When we know more we will update this page!
Component 1: Investigating Media Language and Representation
Section A: Media Language. One stepped question based on one specified media form. Section B: Representations. One extended response question based on one specified media form. There will be a choice of two questions. Section C: Representations in Context. One extended response question based on two specified media forms.
Component 2: Investigating Media Forms and Products
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The exam consists of three sections. Section A – Television Study - one set product from a choice of three options. One two-part question based on the set product studied. Section B – Magazines Study - one set product from a choice of three options. One two-part question based on the set product studied. Section C – Online Media Study - one set product from a choice of three options. One two-part question based on the set product studied.
Component 3: Coursework – Media Production (30% of the overall grade)
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.
- Entry Requirements
To study A-Level Media Studies you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs).
Also an interest in all things media.
- How will I be assessed?
50% of the course is assessed via coursework. The rest is examined by modular examinations; one of which includes stimulus response where you analyse a piece of print or visual media. During the course you will undertake essays and shorter written pieces, storyboards and internal examinations.
- What can I do next?
Gaining an A-Level in Media gives students access to a wide variety of university degrees including broadcasting, journalism and TV production.
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