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OCR H409 A Level Media Paper 1 Mark Scheme & Indicative Content

Morag Larsen | Sunday November 06, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

H409 Paper 01 Media Messages

Sample Mark Scheme with Indicative Content

Duration: 2 hours

Maximum Mark: 70

For answers marked by levels of response:

  1. To determine the level – start at the highest level and work down until you reach the level that matches the answer
  2. To determine the mark within the level, consider the following:

Subject–Specific Marking Instructions:

  • Levels of Response targeting AO1 and AO2
  • Where a mark scheme targets marks at AO1 and AO2, there is no requirement for a response to be awarded in the same level for AO1 as for AO2, so for example a response could be awarded Level 3 for AO1 and Level

Section A News

Study Sources A and B and then answer all the questions in Section A.

  • Source A – front page of Daily Mail newspaper, 9 August 2018.
  • Source B – front page of Daily Mirror newspaper, 9 August 2018.

Question 1

Analyse the representations of individuals in Sources A and B.

Assessment Objectives

AO2: 1 – Apply knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to analyse media products, including in relation to their contexts and through the use of academic theories.

AO2 Total: 10 marks.

Question 1 Indicative Content

The content below is not prescriptive and all valid points should be credited. It is not expected that responses will include all of the points listed.    


  • Both images have been selected to offer opportunities to compare the representations of Boris Johnson in both newspapers or alternatively the representation of Kathleen Turner and Beyonce Knowles.
  • The differences in the choices of headline for the Boris Johnson story help to construct different approaches to the mediation of the story.  The choice of of image in the Daily Mirror of a beleaguered looking Johnson is also a key issue in selection and mediation.
  • The representations of Kathleen Turner - the choice of photograph together with the nature of the story being reported align to construct the...

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