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Which Exam Board

Discussion in 'Media studies' started by charlene_bell, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. I could really do with some help.
    We currently teach OCR National Diploma Media Studies level 2 and Level 3 however we are looking to change to GCSE and A-Level.
    I have looked the 3 main exma boards WJEC, AQA and OCR for b oth courses and quite like the option of Dual Award or Single Award which AQA offer and I have som e experience of teaching WJEC from my first school but that was a few years ago before the change to CA.
    Please could you share your experiances good and bad with any of these exam boards and let me know why you chose the board you are with now.

    Any advice warmly recieved.

    Thanks
     
  2. I could really do with some help.
    We currently teach OCR National Diploma Media Studies level 2 and Level 3 however we are looking to change to GCSE and A-Level.
    I have looked the 3 main exma boards WJEC, AQA and OCR for b oth courses and quite like the option of Dual Award or Single Award which AQA offer and I have som e experience of teaching WJEC from my first school but that was a few years ago before the change to CA.
    Please could you share your experiances good and bad with any of these exam boards and let me know why you chose the board you are with now.

    Any advice warmly recieved.

    Thanks
     
  3. Hi there,

    I have currently started a blog about the WJEC to see if I could raise a discussion about other peoples opinions of this particular exam board. I am a trainee teacher in Film Studies and have only started to understand part of the WJEC. However, as part of my college project we looked at the issues we found within teaching our specialist subject. My issues seemed to come from the fact that when looking at exam questions and topics from 2009-present they are so similar!!The student feedback we had was that the course was not challenging enough and I think this may be one of the reasons, as if I were to use a previous exam question during a class, I could almost guarantee that the students would get a similar question this year which does not challenge them at all. You could argue that if the course/exams dont really change then perhaps the course is effective. However, I think that as Film and Media are constantly changing then so should the courses and exams. Also you could say that due to the course not really changing, then you can re-use materials, power points and dvds etc - which does save time and money, but I really dont think that this is best for the learners. I know that the WJEC do have some meetings where you can discuss feedback and the course itself so it may be worth looking into this to help you make your decision. I honestly cant comment on the other exam boards though. You may also find the WJEC website useful, as it shows the course specifications, feedback, resources etc (http://www.wjec.co.uk/)
    I hope this helps :)
     
  4. Hello Filmgeek. I don't know why your students don't find the course (Film Studies) challenging but unless they are all flying through it with A grades then I would suggest that it does have some degree of difficulty and differentiation. If you have a class full of A grade students then they are unlikley to find anything challenging. It is also inevitable that exam questions - whatever the subject - will have some degree of similarity in terms of their content because questions can only be asked on the content of the specification - which in some areas is quite narrow. This allows for depth in individual responses. There is a danger in thinking exam questions are exactly the same (they may be similar but they are not the same) and markers can spot the difference between a learnt answer and knowledge emerging!

    In terms of which board for Media Studies Charlene - it's a matter of interpretation as all the specifications have exactly the same aims and assessment criteria. I use WJEC which suits my students and is diverse enough to allow me to select the texts I want to use in class. It's got a framework but isn't prescriptive. But - if I were you I'd look at them all closely and then speak to subject officers and get a "feel" for it - good luck!
     

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