Past paper (and mark scheme) archives

Below is a link to AQA’s A Level Media Studies past paper and mark scheme area (Needs a catchier name I know), now before you thank me, I have not done you any special favours or broken any rules, these are available at any time.

It is worth noting however, before you go reading mark schemes to try and gain an ‘advantage’, remember the following:

  1. You don’t know what exam i’m giving you for your mock next week (and are you really going to be able to memorise several documents of information?!)
  2. Even if you manage 1, you won’t be able to do this for the summer exam, so ask yourself ‘Is it really worth it?’
  3. Cheaters never win.

Identities and the media (MEST 3)

A2, the 2015 exam will be the first to have a question about Identities and the media, instead of representation.

Below is a guide from AQA, explaining what this new question is all about;

Whatever I say I am: constructing identity in contemporary media

The new topic area for A2 Media Studies is ‘Identities and the Media’; a subject choice which reflects the importance of cultural identities as a concept in both the form and content of new and traditional media. The study of identity intersects with theories of representation, audience and ideology; not surprisingly as identity is a transdisciplinary concept found in cultural studies, the humanities and social sciences. The move to theories of identity, away from representation, is also indicative of developments in the academic discipline of media studies itself. Continue reading “Identities and the media (MEST 3)”

What Media jobs are there?

One of the questions I get asked at open evenings (apart from ‘are you single?’ and ‘Where did you get that lovely suit?’) is…

What jobs could I get if I take Media Studies?

Well, whilst trawling the Internet (Never say surfing), I found the following, have a read.

Media Buyer — are responsible for purchasing media space (in newspapers, magazines and posters and on radio, television and cinema). Working within advertising agencies, they advise clients on which media should be used to best advertise their product or service. They aim to reach the highest number of people in the target audience at the lowest possible cost. The role also involves budget management. Buyers often work on more than one account at a time. They may work across a range of media or specialise in one particular area. In some companies, the role of media buyer is combined with media planner.

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