Students studying Media Studies at AS and A2 will be entered with the WJEC examination board. The course was first offered to pupils in 2012 due to high demand. Few subjects change more radically than the media in such short time periods. Over the two years pupils will study a range of different industries in the media, such as: newspaper and magazine publishing, advertising, radio and television, the internet, film, the music industry, and whatever else develops as the course progresses.
Subject Leader: Mr A Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Exam Board: WJEC
Coursework is worth 50% of the entire AS level grade. The coursework is marked out of 100 and is divided as follows: one pre-production (20); one production which develops from the pre-production (40); and one report on the production process (40). Pupils produce print-based work of a high standard, such as a storyboard for an imaginary film trailer, with the artwork for posters/DVD release of the same title. Pupils have access to a new Apple Mac suite to help them produce the best piece of work they can. The coursework demands pupils to be creative, hard working and patient to produce the best piece of work they are able to.
The examination is worth 50% of the entire AS level grade. The examination is two-and-a-half hours long with three written responses required. Question 1 requires an analysis of an audio/visual or print-based extract. Questions 2 and 3 will be based on representation and audience issues, and may be subdivided where appropriate.
Throughout the year pupils will study representation of gender, age, ethnicity, issues, events, and how regional and national identities are represented in a range of media texts over time. Pupils will also study audiences, investigating the ways in which audiences can be categorised (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity, social and cultural background, advertisers’ classifications), how media producers and texts construct audiences and users, how audiences and users are positioned (including preferred, negotiated and oppositional responses to that positioning).
A range of texts will be studied throughout the year and pupils will be expected to keep up to date with changes in the media and what is happening in the world to further enhance their understanding.
Exam Board: WJEC
Coursework is worth 50% of the entire grade at A2. The coursework topic is entitled ‘Media Investigation & Production’. It is made up of three components: a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation (45); a media production (45); and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research (10). One hundred (100) marks are available in total. For the purposes of the investigation, pupils select an area in the media that fascinates them, ranging from the representation of teenagers in two British films, to the generic similarities between Doctor Who and Stargate, to the narrative structures of The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. Pupils should use our extensive library of books to do with film and media for their investigation. The production piece must link with their investigation.
The examination is two-and-a-half hours long and worth 50% of the A2 grade; the examination topic is ‘Text, Industry and Audience’. Pupils will study three different industries, film, television and music, with three main texts studied in detail for each industry. Pupils will be required to answer one question from Section A (which focuses on representation, genre or narrative) and two questions from Section B (which focuses on industry and audience). Pupils must use a different media industry for each answer. Each question will require them to make reference to the three main texts they have studied for each media industry.