WJEC MEDIA STUDIES A-LEVEL
An exciting course that covers a range of media texts and production work.
Course requirements: B grade in English or Media GCSE.
All AS and A level specifications in Media Studies are designed to encourage candidates to:
- Enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives
- Develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills
- Explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts
- Become independent in research skills and their application in their production work and in developing their own views and interpretations.
Unit 1: Exam
Media Representations and Responses:
Three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material. You will learn a framework for analysing the media and how to explore representations and audience/user responses. You 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 eg gender issues in teen films, how ethnicity is represented on TV, how a particular genre such as horror presents different social groups, etc.
Unit 2: Media Production Processes
Three components: one pre-production, one production which develops from thepre-production and one report on the production process, for example:
A storyboard of the trailer for a new BBC1 television crime drama (preproduction) and the trailer for that drama (production)
- A script or shooting script for the opening sequence of a teen horror film (preproduction) and a marketing campaign for a new teen horror film, to include at least the dvd cover and one poster (production)
- Draft designs for two magazine front covers (pre-production) and a double page spread for one of those magazines (production)
- Prototype design for a new website (pre-production) and the completed website consisting of a home page and at least two associated web pages (production).
Unit 3: Media Investigation & Production Coursework
Three components: a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation, a media production and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research.
Examples of investigations include:
- The representation of teenagers in two British films
- The generic similarities between Dr Who and Stargate
Unit 4: Exam
Media – Text, Industry and Audience
Section A: one question from a choice of two. Section B: two questions from a choice of four. Candidates must answer each question on a different media industry from this selection:
- Computer Games