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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

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For centres in England: Draft WJEC Eduqas AS/A level Media Studies (for teaching from 2017)

Through our Eduqas brand, WJEC is developing a reformed AS/A level Media Studies qualification, regulated by Ofqual, for teaching from 2017. This qualification is designed to meet regulatory requirements in England. The draft specification can be found on the Eduqas AS/A level Media Studies page.

For centres in Wales: Draft WJEC GCE Media Studies (for teaching from 2017)

WJEC is developing a reformed GCE Media Studies qualification, regulated by Qualifications Wales, for teaching from 2017. This qualification is designed to meet regulatory requirements in Wales: it is not available to centres in England.

The draft specification is now available. It has not been reviewed by the regulator in Wales and may change prior to approval.

Join Our Team: Become an Examiner or Moderator

We are currently recruiting examiners and moderators for GCSE, AS/A level and Level 1/Level 2 qualifications for next summer's examination series. If you have at least two years teaching experience and would like to apply, please create an account to complete the online application process.

For more information on becoming an examiner, including vacancies and benefits, please visit our appointees page.

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Continuing Professional Development

We are holding a series of CPD courses in spring 2017 to support teachers preparing to deliver GCE AS/A level Media Studies (from 2017). Book your place by clicking the course link below:

WJEC GCE AS/A level Media Studies - Preparing to Teach (Wales Centres Only)

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

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


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:

Subject Officer

Jo Johnson
029 2026 5091

Subject Support Officer

Sally Cunliffe
029 2026 5460

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GCE Media Studies Report Summer 2016

Principal Examiners' Report

The Summer 2016 Principal Examiners' reports provide feedback on this Summer's examination series. The reports include helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next examination series.

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