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Upton-by-Chester High School

A Level examinations in 2018 (current Year 13)

The outgoing specification for AQA A Level Media is assessed as follows:

AS examinations

Unit 1 – MEST1 Investigating Media

50% of AS, 25% of A Level 2 hour written examination 80 marks

Two sections: A – four compulsory short answer questions B – choice of one from two essays Available January and June

Unit 2 – MEST2 Creating Media

50% of AS, 25% of A Level Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated 80 marks Externally set production briefs.

Two linked production pieces taken from two of the three media platforms studied in Unit 1 plus 1500 word evaluation. Available January and June

A2 examinations

Unit 3 – MEST3 Media: Critical Perspectives

25% of A Level

2 hour written examination

Two sections:

A – three compulsory questions on unseen stimulus pieces

B – one essay from a choice of two topics 

Unit 4 – MEST4

Media: Research and Production

25% of A Level

Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated

80 marks

Two sections:

Critical Investigation (48 marks)

Linked production piece (32 marks)