Media Studies

Media Studies

Examination Board: WJEC


  • Mr K O’Neill (H.O.D.)
  • Mrs C Culshaw

Media Studies offers students a framework through which they study the distinctive contributions which the Mass Media make to their understanding and enjoyment of our world. Through a variety of approaches to the constantly changing media environment students will develop a critical and analytical approach to the media texts and to the institutions which create and circulate them. In undertaking coursework assignments students are able to develop practical skills for media production.

Media Studies students need to have a keen interest in the media as well as a willingness to read and research widely and independently. Media Studies students will be required to demonstrate a high level of written English and an interest in or experience of digital media would be beneficial.

Structure of the course and scheme of assessment (WJEC)


AS Level

Unit 1

MS1 25% (50%) External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper
Media Representations and Responses
Three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material (interactive media will be presented as print-based) (40, 30 & 30)
Paper raw mark total: 100
Paper UMS total: 100

Unit 2

MS2 25% (50%) Internal Assessment
Media Production Processes
Three components: one pre-production (20); one production which develops from the pre-production (40); and one report on the production process (4)
Paper raw mark total: 100
Paper UMS total: 100 

A Level

Unit 3

MS3 25% Internal Assessment
Media Investigation & Production
Three components: a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation (45); a media production (45); and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research (10).
Paper raw mark total: 100
Paper UMS total: 100

Unit 4

MS4 25% External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper
Media – Text, Industry and Audience
Three questions (30 marks per question)
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.
Paper raw mark total: 90
Paper UMS total: 100

Careers Opportunities

Media Studies is a rewarding and worthwhile subject in its own right but also complements a range of other A Level subjects.  Media Studies students have gone on to a wide range of degree subjects and careers including teaching, law, journalism and media production.



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