Media Studies

Exam Board WJEC

Why Should I Study This Course?

The media plays a huge and important role in society today. We are surrounded by and constantly bombarded with their messages about the world around us, what to think, how to dress and who to like or dislike. Most of our leisure time and money is spent consuming media products.

Media industries are some of the biggest employers in the world. The media studies course helps students to understand how the media works and will equip them with a range of transferrable skills.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

Students will need to have a high level of written communication skills and technical competency.

Course Breakdown

Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media written examination: 2 hours 30% of qualification

Section A: One extended response question based on two media products, either from the same form or from two different forms.

Section B: Representations and Meanings One extended response question based on two media products, either from the same form or from two different forms.

There will be a choice of two questions. One question in Section A or Section B will be based on evaluation of relevant theories.

Section C: Contextual Study – Representations One extended response question based on two media products, either from the same form or from two different forms.

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth Written examination: 3 hours 40% of qualification

Section A Television in the Global Age Study one option from a choice of three including two set products. One two-part question based on both of the set products studied.

Section B Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media Study one option from a choice of three including two set products. One two-part question based on both of the set products studied.

Section C Media in the Online Age Study one option from a choice of three including two set products.

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

How is the Course Assessed?

30% assessed internally.
70% via external examination.

Where Can it Take Me?

Media Studies is becoming an increasingly popular choice in Higher Education. It is regarded as valuable preparation for those wishing to pursue a career within Media and Media Related Industries.

Media Studies Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mrs H Blain
Ms C Deffley