The WJEC Media Studies specification is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to explore as well as to create media. It enables them to explore and create a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, organisations and audiences/users.
GCSE Media Studies is designed to enable candidates to:
- Develop investigative, critical thinking and decision making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to learners and to the world in which they live
- Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
- Develop their practical and creative skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
- Understand how to use media concepts and ideas to analyse media productions in their various contexts
The course is assessed through both exam and coursework: the examination paper is divided into two sections (thinking about the media and planning for the media); and the internal controlled assessment includes two investigations and a production, which encourage thinking as well as creating.
The controlled assessment consists of:
- Two textual investigations of around 800 – 1000 words or equivalent, depending on the presentational form selected (10% for each investigation)
- One media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation (40%)
For students starting the course in Sept 2015, the two written investigations will focus on the television crime genre and the representation of gender in gossip magazines. The media production will focus on film trailers,
At KS4 homework tends to focus on the completion of coursework tasks (either research and planning or the completion of a written task). During Y10, as we work towards finishing the two textual investigations, students should expect to perform investigative work and extended writing away from the classroom. As we move into Y11 and the practical coursework begins, students’ homework will largely centre on capturing footage for their productions. In the last two terms of the GCSE, homework tasks will be largely revision based, in preparation for the final exam
The Media Studies department runs regular additional ‘catch-up’ sessions both during and after school (and usually in most holidays) to support students in completing and improving work. Students are encouraged to use their practical skills to begin developing a portfolio and are able to borrow cameras for extra-curricular projects that can be edited in the Media Suit