What do I need?
5 GCSEs at grade C/5 or above, including Mathematics and English Language. You need to be able to demonstrate that you keep up with the news and current affairs, and are familiar with the technology, formats, social media platforms and games which are in use by a variety of audiences today.
Why Study A Level Media Studies?
The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The study of a range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the specification. Learners will draw on their existing awareness of the media, but you will also extend your experience and engagement through the study of products with which you may be less familiar. In addition, you will consider the global nature of the media today and the impact of this on media products and processes.
What will I study?
There are three units: Component 1: Investigating Media Language and Representation (1 hour 30 minute exam), Component 2: Investigating Media Forms and Products (2 hour exam), Component 3: Media Production (non-exam assessment). Over the year you will study, research and create examples of media including music videos, video games, advertising and film marketing, newspapers and radio news, television products, magazines, social media, the internet and blogs. For the non-exam component, you will create an individual media production in one form, applying your knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audiences in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC. The forms that learners can work in include television, magazine, film marketing, music marketing and online options. The intended audience and industry context are specified in the brief.
Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media (2 hour exam), including Media Language and meanings, Representation and a Contextual Study. Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth (3 hour exam), including Television in the Global Age, Magazines; mainstream and alternative media, and Media in the Online Age. Component 3: Cross-Media Production (Non exam assessment) – an individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.
Where can the subject lead?
Apart from technical and media specific skills which are valued by the arts, media and creative industries, Media Studies A Level demonstrates that you are a critical thinker, can use evidence, and have experience of looking at organisations in the modern world. This means that Media Studies would complement arts, sciences or humanities A levels, and can lead to a wide variety of University courses, apprenticeships or jobs.