Media Studies GCE AS/A
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.
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.
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
Moving Image Awards 2016
We’re delighted to announce the Moving Image Awards for 2016. The competition will be open to all students aged 14-19 who are following WJEC Film or Media Studies specifications. The deadline for entries will be TUESDAY, 22 June 2016 and the Awards ceremony itself will be at the British Film Institute in early December 2016.
The categories will be:
- Short film (2-5 minutes)
- Film extract (any genre, 2-5 minutes)
- TV extract (any genre, 2-5 minutes)
- Music Video (may be based on tracts where there is an existing music video, 2-5 minutes)
- For entrants 16 or under on 31 August 2016, any moving image production may be submitted (2-5 minutes)
Subscribe to our mailing list to receive important updates relating to this qualification.
- Bulletin - Autumn 2015
- Bulletin - January 2015
- Circular No. 42 - November 2014 (available on the secure website)
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.
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
Sally Cunliffe - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5460
GCE Media Studies Examiners' Report Summer 2015Download
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.