Media Studies

GCSE MEDIA STUDIES

Examination Board:  WJEC Eduqas Course code: 603/1115/0 

What is the course about? 

The course will give you an invaluable understanding of how media products are constructed by studying a range of texts from print and audio visual media, including TV, film, magazines, radio, video games and websites. You will discover how media texts communicate to specific audiences and you will develop the technical skills to make professional-looking media texts.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

The skills you will need and build on are:

Detailed analysis: reflection on and comparison of different texts, communication and presentation skills, production techniques and technical skills, evaluation skills.

The content of the course includes:

Introduction to Media Language, Audiences and Institutions, Audience Research, Issues in Representation, Film Marketing and Genre.

How is the course assessed? 

Controlled assessments (investigations and practical work) 30%

2 Exams worth 70% in total

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

Further study of the media either at A-level or BTEC Level 3, careers in the media, journalism, film studies, photography, business, public relations and marketing.

Why study Media Studies A Level at The Angmering Sixth Form?

Through studying Media Studies you will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms.

Clear, well structured exams, accessible for all.

A-level Media Studies gives you transferable skills for future careers and experience that prepares you if you choose to progress with your study.

You can find out about our Media Studies qualifications at aqa.org.uk/media-studies

Close study products (CSPs) 

In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, you will engage in the in-depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online social and participatory media form.

Each in-depth study will link the specified media form to all four areas of the theoretical framework.

Genre
Narrative
Representation
Audience

What's assessed?

Media One:  
Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section will test the following forms: 
• advertising and marketing 
• music video. 

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms: 

• radio 
• newspapers 
• film  

How it's assessed 

Written exam: 2 hours 

• 84 marks 

• 35% of A-level  

Media Two:

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games.  

How it's assessed 

• Written exam: 2 hours 
• 84 marks 
• 35% of A-level  

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