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Media Studies A-Level Media Studies

Subject Media Studies Exam Board WJEC - Eduqas Specification Numbers 603/1149/6

Teachers Responsible

A Mulrooney

Introduction This course allows students to be truly aware of the central role the media plays in contemporary culture, society and politics. The media shapes our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The WJEC Eduqas specification offers learners the opportunity to develop an informed understanding of these key issues, using a comprehensive theoretical framework and key theories to support critical exploration, analysis and debate. The study of a range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the specification, working from the product outwards to debate key questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media. A range of Media will be studied such as radio, TV, film, music, newspapers and magazines and video games.

Aims of the Course

• Demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis. • Understand key theories of media studies and use specialist subject-specific terminology appropriately. • Debate key questions relating to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media through discursive writing. • Construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning and argument which is coherent, relevant, substantiated and logically structured in an extended response about media issues. • Demonstrate sophisticated practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production. Two exams will take place at the end of the two year course - both exams are worth 35% and total 70% of the qualification.

How You Are Assessed

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences (2 hours 15 minutes)

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.

Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games - and media contexts.

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