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Welcome to the Media Department

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Ms E. Hall (Head of Department)



GCSE Media Studies

WJEC Eduqas Media Studies


The specification offers students opportunities to:

  • Draw on their existing experience of the media and study products they wouldn’t normally engage with.
  • Make connections between different media forms and products, between different products and their context and between theory and practical work.
  • Engage with a range of rich and stimulating media forms and products.
  • Develop media production skills, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation to media forms and products

Why choose GCSE Media?

Media Studies is fast becoming one of the most relevant subjects for young people to study. Through class discussion and instruction pupils will begin to understand how the various Media Industries have an enormous effect on all of our lives. Students will also learn how to talk and write about texts such as DVD covers, film trailers and music videos. This will also help them with their GCSE English which now requires pupils to analyse media texts. The practical element of the course helps enhance students' ICT skills. Above all this is a fun, innovative and enjoyable course that will enable pupils to fulfil their own potential. An excellent option!


Component 1 – Exploring the Media 40% 

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation

• Two Questions: candidates respond to material based on stimulus material chosen by WJEC.

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and audiences

• Two Questions: Stepped questions assessing knowledge and understanding of media Industries and audiences.

Written paper - 1 hours 30 minutes

Component 2 – Performing and appraising 30%


Pupils perform two pieces of music. These include one piece related to the core or optional areas of study.


Component 3 – Listening and appraising 40%

Written paper: Aural Perception, which comprises two parts:

Part 1: is based on the core area of study. One of the questions in this part relates to the impact of music on work and leisure

Part 2: is based on optional areas of study.

Both parts 1 and 2 include questions on familiar and unfamiliar music.