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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Gatsby Static Image Sample Paper & Responses

| Tuesday May 28, 2013

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MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)

The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and essay planning. The materials will be chosen to raise issues about:

  • media concepts (form, representation, institutions, audience, values and ideology)
  • wider contexts
  • media issues and debates.

There will be three compulsory questions based around the stimulus materials. The questions will demand short answers to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the media.

1. The Exam Paper

Section A – Unseen

You must read the information provided for Section A in great detail. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

This guide provides you with some guidance on how to tackle Section A. But just to make sure you don’t forget – you will also be expected to answer Section B. You can find an example of the Impact of New/ Digital Technology exam type question when you look at the 24 Hour News Case Study example.

Section B: You must use one of your two prepared case studies (representation and New/Digital Technology) to respond to one of the questions in this section.

You are advised to spend one hour on your answer. You will be rewarded for detailed references to media texts and examples from your own individual case study. Enter the number of the question in the box provided to enable the examiner to clearly see which question you are answering. (Candidates often don’t do this and the examiner must then guess which question is being answered.)

All your responses must be completed on the 16 page answer...


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