The following units or components each comprise a textual analysis activity where candidates have to analyse an excerpt provided on DVD (audio extract only for G323):
In addition, for Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Print), Unit B323, candidates have to analyse an excerpt from a lifestyle magazine (we provide the hardcopy excerpt).
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Instructions to teachers are provided with the DVD. Please follow these carefully.
Make sure the DVD is checked for sound and visual quality as stated two working days before the exam on the equipment that will be used in the examination.
Confidentiality of the DVD extract and question paper must be maintained at all times whilst checks are made.
The examination room should be arranged so that all candidates have a good view of the screen to be used.
We recommend you use blinds or curtains on windows to stop any possible glare on the screen from outside light in the examination room.
For the GCSE (9-1) in Media Studies J200/01 exam, the extract provided for analysis will be an unknown extract from one of the two set television dramas candidates will have studied in component 01, section A: either The Avengers or Cuffs.
The examination lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The DVD extract is self-contained and runs for 30 minutes at the start of the examination.
The DVD provides instructions on-screen letting candidates know when they can read questions and make notes between viewings.
Once the DVD has finished playing, candidates have 1 hour and 15 minutes to answer the questions on the exam paper.