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WJEC A Level Media Studies »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 18, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Overviews

WJEC AS Media Studies Representations and Responses

Welcome to Edusites Media’s comprehensive resources and materials link covering every aspect of MS1, Representations and Audience and MS2, Media Production Processes.

Studying textual analysis, audiences, genre, narrative and representation suggests a broad area of work but focussing on key areas of academic study we have everything covered – this includes in depth schemes of work with embedded links, case studies,...

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WJEC A Level Film Studies Overview »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday November 19, 2010

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies

Resources for WJEC A Level Film Studies on MediaEdu

This page should provide you with an index to the information we have on MediaEdu which relates directly to WJEC A Level Film Studies.

This page also contains external links to support materials on the WJEC site.

Cinematic New Waves

Studying Tsotsi

Further Reading & Support

The primary source for authoritative information & support is the WJEC Film Studies website.

WJEC Film Studies GCE A/AS


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WJEC AS Media Studies »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday June 03, 2009

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies

An Overview

As with all the new specifications in Media A Levels there are 4 units.

AS has 2 units and A2 has 2 units.

MS1 or Unit 1 - The Exam

The WJEC Unit 1 is called MS1 and is 25 % of the complete 4 unit A level.

The AS UNIT 1 exam paper is 50% of the total AS mark. This is an externally assessed 2½ hour written paper on the topic of Media Representations and Responses.

MS1 is marked for 2 assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.

AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and...

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Media & Film Studies Blogs »

Richard Gent | Monday June 01, 2009

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Other Topics, Blogs

We Study Media by Rob McMinn

The Student Room & Media Studies

Setting up a Radio Station on Mediaed.org.uk

Modern Mechanix: examples of vintage advertising

Technorati on Ideology

Ideology for Kids: Decoding the Kremlin’s Website

The End of Cyberspace

Kinoeye on Media Studies

Bluegrass Film Society

Kids Gobble Up Interactive Junk Food Marketing

Continental Philosophy: Key Notes on Theorists

Dr. Mabuse’s Kaledio-scope: Four Models of Film/Media Blogging

Media Studies...

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Understanding Crime Drama »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 16, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Crime Drama, Key Concepts, Genre, Other Topics, Television, Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

Television and film crime/cop drama is very popular with a wide audience. Crime Dramas seek to anchor the representations of all types of police officers, criminals and victims as ‘believable’ characters, with ‘realistic’ plot lines, set in urban locations.The genre has been taken up in the US under the heading of American Quality Televsion (AQT) - see under heading AQT.

Codes and Conventions

Crime dramas:

  • are constructed realities
  • depict constructed versions of...
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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Television Pack »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 24, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Television

Texts

  • The Night Manager (Ep. 2, Sunday 28th February 2016 BBC One 9pm)
  • Catchphrase (Saturday 9th July 2016 ITV1 7pm)
  • Black Mirror (Series 3, Episode 1: ‘White Christmas’, Tuesday 16th December 2014 C4 10pm)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4. Students must choose carefully in the exam the question that best relates to the media industry and texts they have studied. Exam questions will be chosen from the following...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Issues: Zero Hours Contracts & Social Class »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 07, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping

Representation of issues refers to the way a range of media, across platforms, represents a particular issue. As a rule, issues tend to differentiate from events in that they are not simply ongoing but often reoccurring over time. Moral panics about body shape, diet and drinking culture but also the environment would be seen to be useful examples.

This resource will focus on two issues as covered by UK media - exploitation of the workforce including so-called ‘Zero...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Pack: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool and Amy »

Rob Miller | Monday September 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Film

Films

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Amy (2015)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring all key potential exam areas of questioning – the three films are all contemporary, one is British and reflect the different ‘types’ of films consumed by global, and national audiences. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a high production value, globally distributed blockbuster, Deadpool is a medium...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Events: European Referendum & The Queen »

Rob Miller | Friday September 02, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping

EU Referendum

Representation of events refers to the way a range of media across platforms covers something that is deemed to be newsworthy or of interest to the public. This event can happen during one day e.g. celebrations when Queen Elizabeth II became the UK’s longest reigning monarch or panning out more over a period of time e.g. media reporting of the Ebola Outbreak or the Oscar Pistorius Trial. An event can become an issue, for example, the media coverage of the...

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2016 WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representations and Responses A* Exemplar Response Summer Exam »

Rob Miller | Friday September 02, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies

Time Allowed – 2 hours 30 minutes

Audio-visual extract

  • The audio-visual extract will be played three times.
  • For the first viewing just watch and listen.
  • During the second viewing you may make notes.
  • You will then be allowed ten minutes to make further notes and to think about your answers to the questions.
  • During the third and final viewing you may make additional notes.
  • You should spend approximately 50 minutes completing your answer to Question 1.

Study the opening...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Advertising Pack »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 31, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Advertising

Campaigns

  • Green Party Election Campaign (2015-16)
  • Paddy Power Campaign (2014-16)
  • Protein World Campaign (2015-16)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key exam question areas relating specifically to a question topic. Advertising can be problematic in relation to answering questions on Genre in Section A, for example, (dependent on campaign choice) but can often be a best fit for questions on Regulation in...

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Using Theory in A Level Media Studies »

Antony Bateman | Tuesday January 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Edexcel A Level, Edexcel A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Theory, Application of Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Race Theory, Representation Theory, Structuralist Theory

There is a need in Media Studies, like all social sciences and critical subjects, to engage with theory and students should be encouraged to do so in their work. Using a theory is an effective way of a student demonstrating their understanding of the topic under discussion, adding weight to their arguments and undeniably lending gravitas to their answer. A key requirement in a successful Media Studies response is also to provide evidence of the validity of the arguments...

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WJEC A Level Media Studies Recommended Text Books »

Richard Gent | Friday November 13, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Community Q&A, Primary & Secondary Research, Recommended Text Books

I was just wondering if anybody can recommend some useful text books for teaching WJEC A and AS Media Studies? Many thanks, Catherine

I would highly recommend the WJEC AS Media Studies Study and Revision Guide by Christine Bell and edited by Barbara Connell, I swear by it and my students love it just as much. When I first started teaching AS Media I tried various other textbooks but this one is brilliant and has all of the information that students need to know for both...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS2 Media Production Processes: Film Genres »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 30, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Codes & Conventions, Film Analysis, Film Storyboarding, Science Fiction, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Skills, Software, Textual Analysis, Video Camera Skills

Associated Resources

  • Storyboard Frame Sheet template.pdf

Brief - Film Genres

  • A Pre Production Research and 36 shot Science Fiction Planning Storyboard - students can choose their own film genre (20 Marks)
  • A Film Production - Filming and Editing an original short Science Fiction Film up to 3 minutes in length - students can choose their own film genre but it must link directly to the pre production storyboard (40 Marks)
  • A Report - A report between 1200-1600 words reflecting...
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Approaches to WJEC MS4 Text, Industry and Audience Workshop »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Hot Entries

Our full or half day, interactive, visually stimulating workshops introduce pupils/students to the examined unit, MS4.

Centres are invited to specify which three industries and nine texts they intend to study in advance or Edusites Media can make their own recommendations. Approaches to MS4 and exploring and demystifying exam questions will be key content but also applying all question areas to chosen texts – genre, narrative, representation in Section A and audience...

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Media Studies Revision Workshops »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Consultancy and Workshops, Revision Workshops, Admin, Staffroom

Introduction

Welcome to Edusites Media’s Media Studies Revision Workshops link. Here you will find a range of workshops which can be tailored to your individual needs, whether at GCSE, AS or A2 or WJEC, AQA or OCR. To see an overview of all our Media Studies Workshops and CPD please click here.

We also run workshops and CPD for GCSE and A Level Film Studies via FilmEdu, our dedicated support site for Film.

Click on the links below for further information on our Media...

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Exemplar AS Lesson Plan | Introducing Representation in the Media »

Rob Miller | Friday November 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Collective Identity, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Representation Theory, Admin, iTraining, Templates

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB. Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title: Introducing Representation in the Media

Context

This lesson would be an early introduction, in the first 2-4 weeks of AS to Representation as an area of study, fundamental to all Media Studies specifications. As such, it can be tailored to any exam board e.g. OCR G322 study could focus...

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Exemplar WJEC A2 Lesson Plan | An Introduction MS4 & Selecting Texts »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Hot Entries, Admin, iTraining, Templates

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB. Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title: An Introduction to Examined Unit MS4 – Selecting Texts

Context

This lesson would be delivered early in term two as an introduction to the requirements of the examined module MS4 while the students are completing their MS3 coursework. The exam itself is involved enough to warrant an...

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WJEC Media Studies AS > A2 Transition Unit »

Rob Miller | Tuesday October 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, Nanook, British, Soviet Union, Nazi Propaganda, Cinema Verite, Documentaries Links, Hot Entries

The following resource is intended to prepare students for WJEC A2 Media Studies coursework Unit MS3. The documentary brief is found here. A suggestion would be to introduce the unit in May/June, after AS Unit MS1 external assessment is complete.

Tasks in Order

1. Research the Codes and Conventions of Documentary. Use the resources below to identify what you consider to be different types of film documentary (with examples) showing clear understanding of the codes and...

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Viral Advertising »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 22, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, Synergy

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Viral advertising spreads messages, ideas and associations about a brand quickly, commonly using digital technology – in many ways viral advertising relies on the consumer to pass on information with the producer either seeding videos via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or on many other interactive digital platforms with the consumer at the point, knowingly or unknowingly spreading the communication – viral advertising spreads like a cold virus,...

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MS4 Music Pack: The Beatles, AC/DC and Leonard Cohen »

Rob Miller | Friday October 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Hot Entries, Music, British Pop Music, Fan Websites, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion

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Below is an analysis of three music artists to assist research for MS4, Music Industry. For details of alternative artists, and a breakdown of admin related to the unit please see MediaEdu’s MS4 Music Pack: Beyonce, One Direction and Green Day.

WJEC permit one historical case study only from three chosen texts and The Beatles will be this first case study, also evidencing a British band that has received commercial, global success. AC/DC are...

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The Times, Daily Mirror and i Newspaper Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Synergy, News, News Ownership, News Values, Newspapers, Popular Press

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The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key potential exam areas of questioning – a relevant balance of Newspapers could be a tabloid, mid market tabloid and a broadsheet or replacing the mid market tabloid with a local newspaper or a newspaper aimed at a specific demographic. This resource explores The Times as a national, traditional broadsheet, The Daily Mirror as a national,...

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MS4 Music Pack: Beyonce, One Direction and Green Day »

Rob Miller | Friday September 26, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Hot Entries, Music, British Pop Music, Fan Websites, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Internet, Social Networking, Synergy, Theory, Misc Theory

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The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key potential exam areas of questioning – a useful balance of Music Artists includes a global performer (Beyonce), a British/Irish artist (One Direction) and a more independent case study or at least, reflecting more an indie genre (Green Day).

When studying or teaching MS4, a balance of artists and genres allows for comparative textual study...

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WJEC A2 MS4 Advertising: BT Infinity Campaign (2012-2014) »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key potential exam areas of questioning – the advertising campaign is contemporary while in the exam you will be expected to analyse three, one of which must be British and it would make sense to have one global and the other with lower production values and more niche audience to enable a full answer to all potential question areas.  BT Infinity and BT Sport are high...

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Breaking Bad Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT)

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Institutional Factors

Breaking Bad has, in a short period of time become iconic, ‘must see TV’ that in terms of genre conventions can be categorised as Crime Drama but also as AQT (American Quality Television). The programme has eclipsed the status of critical and commercial success and become widely accepted as one of the ‘greatest television programmes of all time’ in a range of polls canvassing a broad demographic – it entered the...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Pack: Star Trek: Into Darkness, Philomena and The Double »

Rob Miller | Monday July 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Biography, Drama, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Promotion, Film Studies, Thrillers, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Philomena (2013)
  • The Double (2013)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring all key potential exam areas of questioning – the three films are all contemporary, two are British (only one needs to be in the exam) and all reflect the different ‘types’ of films consumed by global, and national audiences. Star Trek into Darkness is a high production value, globally distributed...

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WJEC AS Media Studies Representation of Issues: Immigration »

Viki Walden | Monday March 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Media Language, Hot Entries, News, Newspapers

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Immigration is a rich representation topic for WJEC AS Media Studies because it can allow us to explore ethnicity, nationality, events and issues simultaneously.  It can be quite a sensitive topic in the classroom, so it is important that students understand some of the key terminology that is often misinterpreted or conflated in the Media.

  • Immigration: Coming to live in a country different to your birth-place.
  • Immigrant: Someone arriving in a...
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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Class »

Viki Walden | Friday March 21, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Reality TV

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Representation of Class (the Underclass)

Exploring representation of the “underclass” offers much opportunity for discussing a wide range of topics relevant to the WJEC AS specification including class, national and regional identity, and issues: poverty. You may also want to consider the broadcasting of the Channel 4 series Benefits Street as a media event. There is also scope for considering gender and ethnicity issues too – you might for...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies Level 4 Research Investigation Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Friday March 21, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, Factual, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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How does Weekend of a Champion and Bowling for Columbine conform to the codes and conventions of the documentary genre?

Documentary is the earliest of film genres, from the Lumiere Brothers’ The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat and Workers Leaving a Factory (1895) through to The Epic of Everest (1912) and Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera from 1929. It is, and always has been a prolific genre with the primary objective to inform but also to...

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WJEC AS Media Studies Revision Quiz »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 20, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

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  1. WJEC AS Media Studies Revision Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



WJEC A2 Media Studies MS3: Media Investigation and Production »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Production Zone, Video Production

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MS3 contributes to synoptic assessment and crucially demonstrates the importance of research in informing media production. The three components of the unit are:

  • Research Investigation (1400 – 1800 words): 45 Marks
  • Production (informed by the investigation): 45 Marks
  • Evaulation (500 – 750 words): 10 Marks

Research Investigation: MediaEdu Exemplar: Documentary and Genre

This is an individual piece of work that allows students to focus on one...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS2: Media Production Processes »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Production Zone, Print Production

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MS2 is the coursework element of AS Media Studies and is worth 50% of the qualification. The three linked components of the unit are:

  • Pre Production (Research and Planning): 20 Marks
  • Production (developed out of the Pre Production): 40 Marks
  • Report (1200-1600 words): 40 Marks

Unlike MS3, MS2 is more a ‘teacher led unit’ (Barbara Connell) but also requiring students to develop independent skills of research, planning production and evaluation....

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WJEC AS Media Studies Revision Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 15, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies

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Book A Half or Full Day Revision Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Revision Courses on every aspect of MS1 dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements whether audio-visual or print based.
  • Students will consolidate key skills of responding to unseen stimulus material in terms of developing a sophisticated ability to deconstruct text.
  • Students will also explore genre, narrative...
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WJEC AS and A2 Media Studies Theorists »

Rob Miller | Monday January 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Hot Entries, Theory, Media Theorists

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All exam boards have their ‘favourite’ media theorists – this resource explores both contemporary and historical theory and the different approaches to studying core AS Media Studies concepts of Narrative, Genre, Representation and Audience. For AS Media Studies, pupils/students would only be expected to make limited/some reference to theorists at both MS1 and MS2 while at MS4 reference to 2 or 3 three theorists in each essay could be expected...

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2013 WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Specimen Papers & Sample Exam Responses »

Rob Miller | Monday January 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Hot Entries, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Sample Exam.docx
  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Sample Exam A Grade Response.docx
  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Exemplar 2.docx
  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Narrative Exemplar.docx
  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Representation Games Exemplar.docx




WJEC MS1 Representation of Femininity »

Rob Miller | Thursday October 24, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Hot Entries, Theory, Feminist Theory, Representation Theory

Representations change and evolve and none more so than the representation of gender. This resource specifically explores the representation of femininity. In 2013 - the 21st century, the digital age audiences could expect to see distinct moves away from old fashioned, traditional patriarchal culture and the embracing of a much more pluralistic understanding of gender representation but as David Gauntlett stated, “identity is complicated, everyone’s got one”.

Gender...

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Induction Resources & Activities »

Rob Miller | Monday September 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, BTEC Firsts, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom, Induction

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Welcome to MediaEdu’s Induction Resources and Activities – please find below a suggested approach introducing GCSE, AS and BTEC students to studying the Media. Schemes of Work and assessment deadlines are tight these days but there is always/should always be an Induction Week when the learners can grapple with the fundamentals of the subject.

What happens next?, media charades, hangman and decorating the classroom are tried and tested and still...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Events | Operation Yewtree »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 12, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

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Operation Yewtree is a Police investigation, led by London’s Metropolitan Police into alleged sexual abuse, predominantly of minors that commenced on October 2012. It started after enquiries were made following the death of Sir Jimmy Savile on October 2011, a year earlier and expanded to include other high profile celebrities, mainly accused of similar offences in 1960s, into the 1970s and for some of the accused the 1980s – literally hundreds...

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New To Media Studies CPD »

Richard Gent | Wednesday June 19, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, Hot Entries, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom

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Our onsite courses are ideal for staff new to the subject, PGCE and NQTs or existing teachers with that familiar story we have heard many times before – ‘You teach English, can you introduce and run Media Studies in September?’….

Edusites offer half or full day courses that can take you though the fundamentals of the subject, tailored to your chosen exam board which we are also happy to advise on. You tell us what you need help with –...

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Planning For The Year Ahead CPD »

Richard Gent | Wednesday June 19, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, Firsts, Hot Entries, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom

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We understand structuring and planning for GCSE, AS, A2 and BTEC courses can be daunting. Let Edusites take you through the whole year and bespoke schemes of work to your institution, allocate human resources, help you timetable access to production resources, schedule internal assessment timescales for both controlled assessment and coursework and ensure that unit and course guides reflect the potential of the subject for your learners.

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Events | The Philpott Tragedy 11th May 2012 »

Rob Miller | Tuesday April 30, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, News Values, Popular Press

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On 11th May 2012, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott were killed in a house fire at 18 Victory Road, Allenton, Derby. Their half-brother Duwayne Philpott died in hospital three days later – all children were aged between 5 and 13.

The fire was started by their father, Mick Philpott and his accomplice Paul Mosley in an attempt to frame his ex-girlfriend Lisa Willis who had recently left him, and to gain custody of their children.

It...

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2012 WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Sample Papers & Exam Responses »

Rob Miller | Wednesday December 19, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Hot Entries, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Specimen Print Exam & Sample Response

WJEC AS MS1 MediaEdu Specimen Paper and Sample Exam Response One.doc

Specimen Print Exam & Sample Response

WJEC AS MS1 MediaEdu Specimen Paper and Sample Exam Response Two.doc

Specimen Audio Visual Exam & Sample Response

WJEC AS MS1 MediaEdu Sample Exam Audio Visual.docx

WJEC AS MS1 MediaEdu Sample Exam A-V A Grade Response.docx




KS5 Media Studies Starters »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday September 12, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, KS5 Media Studies Starters

5 in a Row

Some activities are aimed at setting tasks which enable the students to get on with it, and you to have time to take the register or meet and greet.

Emerging Technologies Review ICT

Ask students to research the following sites, and see how they could use this in their ePortfolios or as a way of tracking their work. A great introduction for Controlled Assessment:

  • Glogster
  • Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr
  • Prezi, Scribd
  • Slideshare, Slide Rocket or SlideBoom
  • BUBBL, Wordle

If...

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Film Theory and Language »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday August 23, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Key Concepts, Media Language, Theory, Apparatus Theory, Audience Theory, Feminist Theory, Formalist Theory, Genre Theory , Marxist Theory, Media Theorists, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory, Queer Theory, Race Theory, Screen Theory, Social Realist Theory, Structuralist Theory

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Apparatus Film Theory

‘Apparatus’ is another word for the means in which a specific production is created. In the case of film / cinema, the film projector and the screen. Apparatus Theory is a model of spectatorship and institutions. It argues that cinema is ideological (based on ideas) because the films are created to represent reality. This means that because film is created to illustrate different ideas, everything has meaning - from the camerawork to the editing. It...

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AQT Conventions »

Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT), Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

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Examples

Dexter | 24 | CSI | NCIS | Bones | Cold Case | Monk | Sopranos

Codes and Conventions

  • High production values
  • Star marketing
  • Multi-stranded narrative
  • Use of narrative enigma
  • Takes risks but arguably USP is predictable
  • Character driven (ensemble cast)
  • Often controversial narratives
  • Has pedigree – critically acclaimed
  • “Upscale, well educated, urban dwelling 25-45” (Aspirers)
  • Literary and self-conscious (understands the market and...
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Technical & Symbolic Codes for Moving Image »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 09, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Key Concepts, Media Language, Other Topics, Moving Images

Associated Resources

  • Technical and Symbolic Codes - Moving Image.ppt



News Print Technical & Symbolic Codes »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 09, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, News, Intro to News

Newspapers can be deconstructed like any other form of print media the following codes apply:

  1. Photographic Codes (framing, lighting, focus, camera angle, juxtaposition, types of shot, effects): newspapers use primarily black and white but sometimes colour photography is used reflecting production values and news values (see below). Some newspapers will have staff photographers but many buy from freelance photographers or news agencies and also will purchase library picture...
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Radio Codes & Conventions »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 09, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, Radio, Intro to Radio

  • Radio seeks to entertain, educate, inform, persuade & generate income
  • Digital developments mean that most Radio stations can, or will be received through our Computers or Television – important development for old ‘ILR’ stations
  • Auditory codes = words, music & sound effects
  • Radio relies on listeners understanding of other Media Codes e.g. Television, Newspapers, Advertising (remember Radio came first before TV)
  • Encodes Auditory signifiers to create meaning
  • Role of...
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Home Page Sample Deconstruction »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 07, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Hot Entries, New Media, Internet, New Technologies, Television, Television Crime Drama, Website Analysis, Web Pages

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Fox | Bones Website

URL: http://www.fox.com/bones

Bones is a high production value American Forensic Crime Drama in terms of sub genre. It is owned and distributed by the Fox Network and can be categorised as AQT or American Quality Television (see MediaEdu’s AQT Conventions)....

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Changing Representations in the Media PPT »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 07, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • Changing Representations in the Media.ppt

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