A Level Media Studies

Subject area
A Levels
Duration
2 Years
Type of course
Full Time
Site
FCT

About the course

WJEC Media Studies specification is designed to allow students to develop their abilities to respond critically to the media. Students will explore a wide variety of media (drawn from audio-visual, print and on-line media forms). Students will draw on their existing experiences and apply concepts and theories of study informing the study of texts, industry and audience interaction with the media.

Subjects covered

AS Subject Content
MS1 – Media Representations and Responses – 50% of AS (25% of full A level).
Three compulsory questions across three sections, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material.
• Texts
• Representations
• Audience responses
MS2 – Media Production Processes – 50% of AS (25% of full A level)
Three components: a pre-production; a production which develops from the pre-production; a report on the production process.

A2 Subject Content

MS3 – Media Investigation & Production - 50 % of A2 (25% of full A level)
Three components of linked work, developing on the knowledge and skills of AS.
• A written investigation into media text/s based on one or more of the key media concepts of genre, narrative and/or representation.
• A media production.
• An evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research.
MS4 – Text, Industry and Audience - 50 % of A2 (25% of full A level)
Three media industries are studied, each one via three main texts as case studies.

Three questions are answered, from three sections: Text, Industry and Audience. Each question must be answered for a different media industry.

What skills will I learn?
Media studies develops skills in deconstruction, and analysis of the media texts and (at A2) industry practices. In particular you will consider potential audience interactions and influences on the media. Written communication skills are developed, as you will interpret complex material to demonstrate application of your understanding. This subject encourages students to develop their independent research and analysis skills within a structured environment. Technical skills are developed in film planning, production (often involving mature team-working skills) and post-production. The production coursework also develops reflective practice in evaluating work against intentions and professional practice.

Assessment Pattern

AS Media Studies is assessed through two modules:
MS1 examination of 2½ hours.
MS2 coursework module in three parts.

A2 Media Studies is assessed through two modules:
MS3 coursework with three components
MS4 examination of 2½ hours.

Resources Required

8GB SD Card (must be ‘Class 1’; Blank DVDs; USB memory stick; Text book as specified at start of the course. (Cameras and editing facilities are supplied for use within the course).

On completion

What skills will I learn?
Media studies develops skills in deconstruction, and analysis of the media texts and (at A2) industry practices. In particular you will consider potential audience interactions and influences on the media. Written communication skills are developed, as you will interpret complex material to demonstrate application of your understanding. This subject encourages students to develop their independent research and analysis skills within a structured environment. Technical skills are developed in film planning, production (often involving mature team-working skills) and post-production.  The production coursework also develops reflective practice in evaluating work against intentions and professional practice.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade A*-C, including English Language and Maths grade 4 or above.

Further information can be obtained from the
Examination board website at:
http://www.wjec.co.uk/