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Exam Board WJEC – GCSE Media Studies
Unit 1 Examination (end of Year 10)
- Unit 1: Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning
Section A: Thinking about the media – Investigating Four questions: candidates respond to stimulus material chosen from a topic set by WJEC (2014 exam topic is TV Crime Drama). This section will also assess the way the contemporary media is convergent.
- Section B: Thinking about the media – Planning A series of tasks: candidates demonstrate planning and creative skills through a series of creative tasks which demonstrates knowledge of the convergent nature of the contemporary media.
Unit 2 Creating for the media: Investigating and Producing (Controlled Assessment)
Students will produce three pieces of work from at least two different media:
- two textual investigations on two different media areas [one must be print-based] (20%) and
- one media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation of the production (40%).
Exam Board WJEC A-Level Media Studies- Year 12
MS1: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS AND RESPONSES
This unit aims to provide candidates with a framework for analysing the media and requires them to explore representations and audience/user responses. Candidates will be encouraged to explore the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation and make connections between the texts and audience/user responses to them. In the developing area of interactive media, this involves considering users and their interaction with texts. It will be important for candidates to be provided with a range of examples which will enable them to understand and interpret the media independently.
The representations of social/cultural groups, events, issues and their underlying messages and values will be explored using a range of approaches.
MS2: MEDIA PRODUCTION PROCESSES
Introduction: This unit is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation.
Candidates will be required to produce three pieces of linked work. These will comprise:
- a pre-production reflecting research and demonstrating planning techniques
- a production which has developed out of the pre-production
- a report of 1200 – 1600 words.
MS3: MEDIA INVESTIGATION AND PRODUCTION
This unit develops the knowledge and skills acquired at AS and as such contributes to synoptic assessment. In particular, it is designed to demonstrate the importance of research in informing media production and to develop the skills acquired in MS2.
Candidates are required to produce three pieces of linked work:
- a research investigation (1400 – 1800 words)
- a production (informed by the investigation)
- a brief evaluation (500 – 750 words)
MS4: MEDIA – TEXT, INDUSTRY AND AUDIENCE
This unit contributes to synoptic assessment. It is designed to develop candidates’ understanding of the connections between different elements of the specification and to develop their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between media texts, their audiences and the industries which produce and distribute them. Progression from AS is demonstrated through this emphasis on the relationship between text, audience and industry and the debates surrounding the nature of that relationship. Candidates’ understanding of the media will also be more informed by appropriate theoretical perspectives.