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Media Studies AS Level 3 at The Maplesden Noakes School

Course description

Qualifications: WJEC Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Media Studies. Students will develop practical and analytical skills, learning about: how to identify the codes and conventions of film texts; how film-makers communicate with their audiences through an understanding of genre; how the film industry operates and entices different audiences; world cinema; how film censorship has evolved; how UK Cinema has changed and how directors and stars place a signature upon their work. Students will also develop the skills needed to construct their own contemporary, relevant and original film texts.

Course content


Unit 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences    Examination 2 hours 15 minutes   35%

Section A:       Analysing media language and representation (45 marks)

                        Analysis of a range of of print and broadcast media texts

Section B:       Understanding Media Industries and Audiences (45 marks)

Unit 2: Media forms and products in depth Examination 2 hours 30 minutes 35% (90 marks)

Section A:    Television in the Global Age (30 marks)

                     Humans (UK/US) Series 1, Episode 1 (2015) Original Broadcasters:                             Channel 4 (UK) AMC (US)

                    The Returned (France) Season 1, Episode 1:  Camille’ (2012) Original

                     Broadcaster: Canal+ (France) UK Broadcaster: Channel 4

Section B:    Magazines- Mainstream and alternative media (30 marks)

                     (One option from selection provided on WJEC secure site)

Section C:    Media in the online age- (30 marks)

                     Analysis of and

Unit 3: Creating a Media Production Coursework 30%

                      Brief 3: Options available March 2019


Entry requirements

Grade 5-9 in English Literature or 5-9 in GCSE Media or Film if taken


70% exams and 30% coursework

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete this course may choose to access courses such as a BA in Advertising and Marketing, Animation, Public Relations, Journalism, Scriptwriting, Television/Radio/Soundtrack production, Film production and Cinematography or PhotographyYou could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as English or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Media Studies.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact the school careers staff.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next January
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Miss L Methley
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01622759036