What is Media Studies A level about?

A’ Level Media Studies is an exciting course that allows students to study a wide range of media forms. It is now a two year linear course whereby learners study media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of: media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The following forms are studied in depth through applying all areas of the framework: newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media. Advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games are studied in relation to selected areas of the framework.

The specification also encourages creative work to enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the media through their own production work and to develop their own production skills. 

At A2 in particular, students are given the opportunity to research a topic which will then form the basis for their production, thus encouraging them to create productions informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues. Learners are required to apply their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, audiences, media industries and the digitally convergent nature of the media in an individual production for an intended audience. The production must be based on two media forms and completed in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC. For instance, students might be asked to design a web page to market their own TV crime programme and then create the opening of their own TV crime programme.

Is this course for me? 

Are you creative? Have you a passion for all forms of media? Are you interested in how audiences are targeted and how our society is influenced and shaped by the media? An interest in  Media is a must, plus a good pass in English and English Literature GCSE is essential.

Where will it lead to?

A’ Level Media Studies would help you if you would like to further your education studying different forms of media at university – whether it be undertaking a practical production course, or pursuing a journalistic route. It would help you when applying for apprenticeships in the media, giving you invaluable experience of researching, planning and producing your own productions. 
Other opportunities… Some of our Media students have enjoyed working as DJ’s on Insanity Radio, the student radio show 

ASSESSMENT

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences
Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes (35%)

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:

one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or print resource and

one extended response comparision 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 adn Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, film newspapers, radio, video games adn media contexts.  It includes one stepped question on media industries adn one stepped question on audiences.

 Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth
Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes (35%)

The examinsation assesses media language, representaion, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections: 

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 twopart question or one extended response question. 

 Component 3: Cross-Media Production
Non exam assessment (30%)
 An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge adn understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.