Specifications 3.1 & 3.4


This file has the specifications for both Media Industry (3.1) and Media Genre (3.4) the externally examined papers for Media Studies. You are advised to refer to them during the year as they will guide you for both class content and revision purposes.

NCEA Level 3

Assessment Specifications

General Information

Domain Media Studies

Level 3

Mode of Assessment Written examination

For Year 2007

Specific Information for Individual External Achievement Standards


Achievement Standard Number 90599
Title Demonstrate understanding of a specific media industry
Version 2 Number of Credits 4


Content/Context details
The examination will take the form of a single essay

Candidates will have a choice of TWO options.
• Option One: The focus will be on the organisation and control of the industry as a whole, illustrated with reference to one or more specific examples
• Option Two: The focus will be on a specific business/institution with reference to the industry as a whole.
Features of organisation could include key personnel
Features of control could be either internal or external
For achievement with excellence, ‘analyse perceptively’ indicates the quality of response rather than the length and could include such things as: personal conclusions/ insights drawn from their analysis, ability to evaluate significance and/or relevance and the ability to construct and sustain a clear and coherent argument.

Achievement Standard Number 90602
Title Explain the relationship between a media genre and society
Version 2 Number of Credits 4


Content/Context details
The examination will take the form of a single essay.

Candidates will be given two quotes or statements, from which they will select one to respond to in their answer.

Candidates must support their answer with specific evidence from at least THREE media texts.

For achievement with excellence, ‘analyse perceptively’ indicates the quality of response rather than the length and could include such things as: personal conclusions/ insights drawn from their analysis, ability to evaluate significance and/or relevance and the ability to construct and sustain a clear and coherent argument.