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Easter Holiday 

Term Three Part One 

Component 3 Introduction to briefs, initial ideas/research 

Revision/exam practice 

Research – analyse similar products. Refresher training on equipment/software 

Revision/exam practice 

Research – target audience, secondary research. Refresher training on equipment/software 

Revision/exam practice 

Research & Planning - Draft of initial ideas, pitch concept, treatment 

Revision/exam practice 

Planning - storyboarding, scripting, layout designs etc. 

Revision/exam practice 

Planning - shooting schedule, planning of resources, cast, crew etc. Submit Statement of Aims 

Revision/exam practice 

Half Term 

Term Three Part Two 

Production – filming, photographing, constructing layout, copywriting etc. 

 

Production – filming, photographing, constructing layout, copywriting etc. 

 

Production – editing/constructing design 

 

Production – editing/constructing design. Teacher review of full draft/rough cut 

 

Production Re-shoot/re-drafting as necessary. 

Final editing/design/polish 

 

Production Final editing/design/polish. 

Submission of media production 

 

KS4 Media Studies 

This is a brand new course designed specifically for progression to WJEC AS and A2 Media Studies.  

Recent and current A-Level Media students have successfully progressed or applied to a wide variety of courses at University including TV, Film and Radio production, Journalism, Creative Writing, Creative Advertising, Graphic Design, Publishing, Media Practice, International Relations and Technical Theatre Production. 

The WJEC GCSE in Media Studies offers a broad, coherent and engaging course of study which enables learners to: 

  • develop critical thinking and decision-making skills through the consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to learners and the world in which they live; 

  • develop their appreciation and understanding of the importance and role of the media in their daily lives; 

  • develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creative media production; 

  • understand how to use key concepts and specialist subject-specific terminology to analyse media products; 

  • develop an understanding of media products in relation to their industry contexts; 

  • evaluate and reflect on their own practical work. 

The study of a range of rich and stimulating media products is central to this specification, working from the product outwards to develop appreciation and understanding of the media.   Choice and flexibility are a vital part of the course, enabling teachers to select the most appropriate, relevant and engaging products for their learners to study in both examination units.  Practical work is vital, providing learners with exciting opportunities to develop media production skills.   

Learners will be offered a choice of briefs and forms within which to work, enabling them to explore and pursue their own media interests.  Production industry options include Television, Magazines, Film, Music Video, Radio, Newspapers and Advertising.  

This specification recognises the fundamental relationship between theoretical understanding and practical work, providing learners with exciting opportunities to develop media production skills.  Learners will apply and develop their knowledge and understanding of media language and representation in relation to a range of set media forms and products, and become creators of meaning themselves   

Method of Assessment 

Unit 1:Exploring Media40% of qualification 

Unit 2:Understanding Television and film30% of qualification 

Unit 3:Creating Media30% of qualification 

EDUQAS A LEVEL MEDIA CURRICULUM MAP 

 

Week 

Year One 

Year Two 

Term 1 

Part 1 

Induction – theoretical framework 

Component 3 Production tasks for cross- media product 

Induction – practical skills 

Editing/design/construction 

Develop a full draft/rough cut of cross- media product 

Teacher review 

Component One Section A: Advertising and Marketing ML, Rep 

Tide, WaterAid, Kiss of the Vampire 

Re-shooting/re-drafting as necessary Final editing/design/polish of entire cross- media production 

ASELINE ASSESSMENT 

 

Component One Section B: Advertising and Marketing Audience 

Tide, WaterAid 

Submission of cross-media production 

 

Exam focus - advertising 

Practical task – plan/draft/construct an advert 

Component Two Section A: TV Introduction and Industry overview, contexts 

Half Term 

Term 1 

Part 2 

Component One Section B: Film 

Industry Straight Outta Compton 

English language product – ML and Rep 

Industry I, Daniel Blake 

Practical task 

English language product – Industry 

Component One Section A: 

English language product – Audience 

Newspapers 

ML, Rep 

The Daily Mirror The Times Exam focus 

Non-English language product – ML and Rep 

Non-English language product – Industry 

Non-English language product – Audience 

 

Component One Section B: Newspapers: Industry and audience 

The Daily Mirror 

Comparison of products; exam focus 

Christmas Holiday 

Term 2 

Part 1 

Component One Section B: Newspapers: Industry and Audience The Times 

Component One Section B: Radio: 

Industry and Audience 

Late Night Woman’s Hour 

Component Two Section B: Magazines Introduction and Industry overview; contexts 

Historical product – ML and Rep 

Component One Section B: Video Games: 

Industry and Audience 

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation 

Historical product – Industry 

Historical product - Audience 

Component 2 Section C: Online Media Introduction and Industry overview; contexts 

Contemporary non-mainstream product – ML and Rep 

Blog – ML and Rep 

Half Term 

Term 2 

Part 2 

Contemporary non-mainstream product – Industry 

Blog – Industry 

 

Contemporary non-mainstream product – Audience 

Blog – Audience 

Comparison of products; exam focus 

Online magazine – ML and Rep 

Component One Section A: 

Music video 

ML and Rep Dream or Formation; Riptide 

Online magazine – Industry 

Online magazine – Audience 

Practical task – storyboard or film a section of a music video 

Exam focus 

Easter Holiday 

Term 3 

Part 1 

Revision and mock exam – Component 1/Component 2B 

Revision/exam practice 

Revision/exam practice 

Component 3 Introduction to briefs, initial research/ideas/choose genre 

Revision/exam practice 

Research - analysis of similar cross-media products (ML, reps, audience and industry, convergence) 

Audience – target/positioning Secondary research: industry/theory 

Revision/exam practice 

Revision/exam practice 

Draft planning. Pitch/treatment. 

Revision/exam practice 

Half Term 

Term 3 

Part 2 

Detailed planning – both cross- media products. Plan for time/resources. 

Submit statement of Aims and Intentions 

 

 

Production tasks for main product Filming/copywriting/design Construction/editing 

Full draft/rough cut of product 1 

Teacher review 

 

 

 

Re-shooting/re-drafting as necessary 

 

GCE A LEVEL MEDIA STUDIES 

SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT 

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes 

35% of qualification 

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections: 

Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation 

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. There are two questions in this section: 

  • one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or print resource 

  • one extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product and an unseen audio-visual or print resource in relation to media contexts. 

Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences 

This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games - and media contexts. 

It includes: 

  • one stepped question on media industries 

  • one stepped question on audiences. 

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 

35% of qualification 

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections: 

Section A – Television in the Global Age 

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question. 

Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media 

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question. 

Section C – Media in the Online Age 

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question. 

Component 3: Cross-Media Production Non exam assessment 

30% of qualification 

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. 

This linear qualification will be available for assessment in May/June each year. It will be awarded for the first time in summer 2019. 

Summer Show 2019 - Chicago
Jay Peak 2019
Sorrento 2019