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Media Studies GCE AS/A

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WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCE and GCSE Media Studies qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales.

GCE Media Studies Specification



Following several requests, the deadline for entries for this year's Moving Image Awards has been extended to TUESDAY, 5 JULY 2016. Best of Luck! 

Moving Image Awards Application Form 2016

Summer 2016 MS1 Resource Material Format (16 March 2016)

The format of the resource material for use in the Summer 2016 AS Media Studies MS1 (1291) examination will be audio-visual.

Ofqual consultation on GCSE/AS and A level Media Studies - England Only (1 March 2016)

Ofqual have launched their consultation on the rules and guidance for new GCSEs, AS and A levels in Media Studies. This contains important proposals around coursework (non-exam assessment) requirements in new specifications, including that of a brief for the production which would change every year and be released to centres no earlier than 1 June in the year before the qualification is to be awarded.

The deadline for responses is 24 March. Centres are encouraged to respond.

Further information is available from the Media Education Association.

DfE subject content for new Media Studies qualifications (England only)

We are delighted to announce that Department for Education (DfE) has now published the subject content for the reformed GCSE and GCE AS and A level Media Studies qualifications for first teaching from September 2017 in England.  Please consult the DfE website for full details. 

GCSE Media Studies Subject Content

AS and A level Media Studies Subject Content

More information will be made available on our Eduqas Media Studies page later this year. 

BFI A Level Media Conference: 30 June - 1 July

Booking has opened for this year's A Level Media and Film Conference: www.bfi.org.uk/education/conferences<http://www.bfi.org.uk/education/conferences

Key dates


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Grade Boundaries (UMS/Raw Marks)

  • Grade Boundaries (UMS/Raw Marks) for previous series are available.
  • Information on how raw marks are converted to uniform marks may be found in the Uniform Marks Document

Continuing Professional Development

CPD events for centres or teachers new to delivering WJEC specifications will be held in November.

Resources and materials from previous CPD events are now available on the secure website under: Resources PDF Download > CPD > Media Studies.


WJEC Guidance

Further guidance and resources for GCE AS/A Media Studies can be found on the Related Documents webpage, including:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Guidance Summaries
  • Specimen Assessment Materials
  • Principal Examiner Reports
  • Coursework Coversheets

WJEC Secure Website

The Secure Website has a multitude of resources for GCE AS/A Level Media Studies including:

  • Exemplar material for all units
  • Past Papers
  • Marking Schemes
  • CPD material

Online Exam Review

WJEC's Online Exam Review provides a review of exam questions for MS1 and MS4. The Online Exam Review for 2015 will be available shortly.

WJEC Resources Website

The new WJEC Resources website has interactive teaching resources for different Media topics.

US and UK Film Industry - Case Study Resource for MS4

A new whiteboard and downloadable case study resource for use with MS4. Case studies based on Gravity and Whiplash (US Film Industry) and The World's End and The Machine (UK Film Industry).

Media Studies Publications

The below publications may be useful to you and your candidates.

  • AS Media Studies Study and Revision Guide Christine Bell (edited by Barbara Connell) Illuminate Publishing (2013)
  • A2 Media Studies Study and Revision Guide Christine Bell (Consultant: Barbara Connell) Illuminate Publishing (2013)
  • Exploring the Media Second Edition (edited by Barbara Connell) Auteur Publishing (2010) covers the new AS/A Media Studies specification.

Media Studies Videos

In our Media Studies videos Barbara Connell, chief examiner AS/A Media Studies, and Christine Bell, principal examiner for MS1 discuss various aspects of the qualification, including approaching Representation of Issues and Events and Television as an Industry.

Media, Film and Communications at University - Student Leaflet

The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), an HE association representing media, film and communication interests, has recently produced a leaflet which sets out the options for students wishing to continue studying Media, Film and Communications at University.

Teachers may also be interested to read James Curran's Defence of Media Studies.

For further information, contact:

Jo Johnson - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5091
E-mail: jo.johnson@wjec.co.uk

Sally Cunliffe - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5460
E-mail: sally.cunliffe@wjec.co.uk

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GCE Media Studies Examiners' Report Summer 2015

Principal Examiners' Report

The Summer 2015 Principal Examiners' Report, providing feedback on the Summer 2015 series of examinations, is now available. Centres are advised to read the report carefully as it provides helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next series of examinations.

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