Media GCSE

Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Media Studies

 

The media play a central role in contemporary society and culture. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, viewpoints and messages they offer. In addition, they importantly provide us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and enable us to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and operate as commercial industries on a global scale. The global nature of the contemporary media, coupled with ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest that their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

This WJEC GCSE specification in Media Studies offers learners the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of these key issues and the ability to debate important questions about the media. It introduces learners to a conceptual framework for analysing the media, which also underpins study of the media at AS and A level. Although the specification focuses predominantly on the contemporary media, this is contextualised and enhanced through the exploration of products from different historical periods. Through studying both established and evolving media forms, learners will develop their appreciation and understanding of the importance and role of the media in their daily lives.

 

 

Subject Breakdown

 

Unit 1: Exploring the Media

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

Section A: Representations – advertising, video games and newspapers This section will assess knowledge and understanding of the representation of gender and events in relation to any of the media forms studied – advertising, video games and newspapers.  One stepped question based on unseen print-based resource material related to advertising, video games or newspapers. Section B: Music This section will assess knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences.  One stepped question and two single questions.

Unit 2: Understanding Television and Film

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

Section A: Wales on Television This section will assess knowledge of media industries, audiences, media language and representation.  One stepped question based on the set 'Wales on Television' product chosen by the centre. The final part of this question requires an extended response where the quality of written communication will be assessed.

Section B: Contemporary Hollywood Film This section will assess knowledge and understanding of media industries, audiences and media language. One stepped question and two single questions.

Unit 3: Creating Media

Non-exam assessment 40% of qualification

A media production, including individual research and planning, created in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, and applying knowledge and understanding of key concepts.  An individual reflective analysis of the production.