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: Media Products, Industries and Audiences. Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes 35% of qualification

Section A: Media Language & Representation. Assesses any 2 of the set forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers.

Section B: Understanding Media Industries & Audiences. Assesses any 2 of the set forms: advertising, marketing. film, newspapers, radio, video games and media contexts

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

Section A Television in the Global Age. There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section B Magazines: Mainstream and Global Media. There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section C Media in the Online Age. There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Component 3 Cross-Media Production Non exam assessment 30% of qualification
An individual cross-media production in response to a set brief from the exam board ie. Create 2 different magazine covers and double page spread along with a web page including original photographs and a short audio-visual clip.

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