Welcome to Media Studies, a popular and student-centered subject which aims to ask questions about the role the media plays in all our lives. Media Studies is offered through the WJEC at GCSE level. Media Studies is a modern subject for modern students.
WJEC Media tests pupils understanding of the way that Media products communicate with their audiences and how they are organised and distributed. Pupils are taught how to deconstruct Media texts and how to create realistic Media texts for specific audiences. Pupils are expected to learn a range of media terminology and theory to support their analysis.
Controlled assessment texts pupils ability to deconstruct media texts from different genres. One of the controlled assessment pieces focuses on musical genres. Pupils are expected to research a genre of their choice to identify the generic features and then do a detailed analysis of an album cover from their chosen genre. Pupils are then expected to create a media studies text that could exist in the real world. Pupils can choose an area that reflects their interests and often opt to create magazines, film posters or comics. The individual approach to Controlled assessment choices allows pupils to focus on areas of interest increasing engagement.
Exams test different areas of the curriculum each year with recent topics including; music videos, tv drama, crime drama, film advertising.