This A Level Media Studies specification is based on the theoretical framework for analysing and creating media, which provides learners with the tools to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the media. The framework consists of four inter-related areas:
Component 1: Meaning and Representations in the Media - a 2 hour exam worth 30% of the qualification. This component covers all of the following media forms: music videos; video games; advertising; film marketing; newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes.
Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth - a 3 hour exam worth 40% of the qualification. This component assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences.
Component 3: Media Production Non-exam assessment worth 30% of the 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 and digital convergance.
The College will supply text books on loan and industry standard software including:
It would be beneficial to have access to the following at home:
Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge further by studying additional books from a reading list.
This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of Media Studies or a related area on a range of Higher Education degree courses or for employment in a number of media-related industries.
At least a grade 6 in IT/Media/Computer Science and four other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English.