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AQA Media Studies MEST4 Coursework Guide

| Sunday August 31, 2014

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In this synoptic unit candidates will build on their skills from AS study to investigate a media theme/text in more depth and realise a production piece reflecting this research. The unit has two sections:

  1. Critical Investigation (48 marks)
  2. Linked production piece (32 marks)

Candidates will research and produce one critical investigation and one linked production. The unit is holistic so the link between the two elements must be evident and appropriate. (As advised by AQA the link can be inspired by the research pupils had done during their critical investigation piece; however, it is important to advise students to write a brief outline of how the critical investigation has inspired the production piece overall and include this in the final pieces submitted for assessment and moderation.) At AS level candidates undertake production work and apply media concepts and debates to a range of media texts. At A2 it is expected that they will be able to synthesise theory and production and consider relevant cross-cultural factors and the effects of globalisation on the media as appropriate.

Assessment Objectives

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates
  • AO3: Demonstrate the ability to plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills (AO3 is more relevant to the production piece that for the critical investigation)
  • AO4: Demonstrate the ability to undertake, apply and present appropriate research

To start off with share the course expectations clearly with students to enable them to grasp what the expectations are. It is often advised that pupils don’t use any of the pre-set topics in their coursework pieces, however, overall it is a very open piece and pupils can investigate topics of their choice.

When delivering MEST 4 it is advisable to firstly cover the research piece/ critical investigation and then move on to the production...


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