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AS & A Level Media at Cleeve Park School

Course description

AS: WJEC Media Studies consists of two units of study, MS1 and MS2.

Unit MS1 aims to provide students 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/user responses to them. In the developing area of interactive media, this involves considering users and their interaction with texts. The representations of social/cultural groups, events, issues and their underlying messages and values will be explored using a range of approaches.


Students will be required to study how media texts are constructed and how audiences and users respond to and interpret them using the following framework:

(a) Texts

(b) Representations

(c) Audience Responses


A written examination paper of two and a half hours which requires an analysis of an audio/visual or print-based extract (40) and two questions based on representation and audience issues.

Unit MS2 is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation.


Students will be required to produce three pieces of linked work. These will comprise:

  • a pre-production reflecting research and demonstrating planning techniques
  • a production which has developed out of the pre-production
  • a report of 1200 - 1600 words.

The production tasks will enable students to demonstrate competent technical skills.

A2: The A Level Media studies course aims to enhance students’ enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives;help them to develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills; enable them to explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts; and become independent in research skills and their application in their production work and in developing their own views and interpretations. The Year 13 units of the course comprise of Units MS3 ‘Media Investigation and Production’, and MS4 ‘Text, Industry and Audience’, each of which account for 50% of Year 13 assessment, and 25% of the whole A Level.

Media Investigation & Production comprises three components: a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation (45); a media production (45); and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research (10).

(Group work permitted for audio-visual productions only.)

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in English Language GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve Park School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2015
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