Media Studies
KEY STAGE 4.
The course aims to develop investigative, critical thinking and decision-making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to learners and to the world in which they live.

Learners will develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives, develop their practical and creative skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity and understand how to use media concepts and ideas to analyse media productions in their various contexts.

Assessment Scheme
Unit 1: External Assessment: Written Examination (2 hours 15 min) - 40%
Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning
Section A: Investigating - Four questions: candidates respond to stimulus material chosen from a topic set by WJEC. This section will also assess the way the contemporary media is convergent.
Section B: 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: Controlled Assessment - 60%
Creating for the media: Investigating and Producing
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%).
These topics must involve study of a minimum of three different media, including at least one print-based and one audiovisual-based form. 'Media' will be interpreted in terms of generic forms rather than platforms although there is a requirement that the topics for the examination will be studied in relation to the convergent nature of the media. Examples of different media will thus include film, television, animated film, radio, magazines, music videos, websites and computer games.

KEY STAGE 5.
Outline of AS and A2 courses:
AS:-
Unit 1– Written Exam.
Question 1 requires an analysis of an audio-visual or print-based extract. Question 2 and 3 will be based on representation and audience issues, sub-divided where appropriate
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Unit 2 - Coursework.
Candidates will produce three pieces of linked work - A pre-production reflecting research and deomonstrating planning technique, a production which has developed out of pre-production and a report of 1200 - 1600 words.

A2:-
Unit 3– Coursework.
Candidates are required to produce three pieces of work. An individual research investigation, a production and a brief evaluation which explores how the production has been informed by research into the relevant media concept
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Unit 4 - Written Exam.
Candidates will study three texts from three different media industries. Three questions must be answered using a different industry for each. Section A - Based on texts, a choice of two questions. Section B - Based on industry and audience issues, a choice of two questions from four.