What will you study

In year 12 you will study through two units which include topics:

This unit aims to provide candidates with a framework for analysing the media and requires them to explore representations and audience/user responses. Students will be encouraged to explore the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation and make connections between the texts and audience responses to them.

This unit is designed to enable students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills
in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation.

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.

This unit is designed to develop students’ understanding of the connections between different elements of media. The emphasis is on the relationship between text, audience and industry and the debates surrounding the nature of that relationship.


Who is the course for?

WJEC Media Studies is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to respond critically to the media. It enables students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences. The specification also encourages creative work and an appreciation and development of production skills.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five higher grade passes at GCSE , one of those should be a grade C or above in English.

How you will be assessed

AS level :MS1 : External Assessment : Written paper (2 .5 hours) MS2: Internal assessment of Production piece (three linked pieces of work)
A level: MS3 : Internal assessment  of production piece which should include a research investigation (1400-1800 words) MS4: External assessment: Written paper (2.5 hours)

Progression routes

The four part structure of this specification (2 units for AS, and an additional 2 for the full A level) allows for both staged and end of course assessment and therefore allows candidates to defer decisions about progression from AS to A level. The course provides a foundation for the study of Media Studies through a range of higher education degree courses or the next level of applied qualifications ( e.g. Some degree and HND courses).