MEST 3 Example questions & Exemplar answers

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LOADS AND LOADS of useful stuff here.

Pay particular attention to the A2 Case Studies & Exemplars section which has loads of exam stuff, including example questions and exemplar (love that word) answers.

Please be testing yourself and looking at the way the answers are structured in the exemplars.  PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.

How to structure a written answer for MEST 3 Section B

How to structure a written answer for MEST 3 Section B
(based on A grade example from Representation question June 2009)  Time 1hour.

Note: this is for guidance only, use a method that is best for you.

Q. A dominant representation is one that is repeated overtime and so are the values that it carries. Discuss.


START – Read and reread the question make sure you understand what is required. Make notes on issues, theories, texts and points you will want to make. Try to focus on question – not all theories etc. will apply.

5 – 10  mins

(1) INTRODUCTION – no more than one paragraph (approx.10-15 lines of handwriting)
Introduce your case study (e.g teenage girls) and provide some historical context (e.g ‘throughout history – despite many changes women’s representation has remained the same’) with examples from past texts, issues and relevant events. Use some older texts and cultural history to introduce wider context.
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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)”