Changes to 2021 exams for GCSE, AS and A-level Media Studies

Monday 21 Sep 2020

We’ve been working hard to make the relevant changes to our qualifications following Ofqual’s decisions on summer 2021 exams, so here are the changes you need to know about for GCSE, AS and A-level Media Studies.

These changes only apply to the 2021 exam series.

GCSE (8572), AS (7571) and A-level (7572) Media Studies

In summer 2021, for the Media Studies NEA, as well as accepting the standard submissions of final products, we’ll also allow submissions of a prototype/mock-up with supporting evidence.

We’re not changing any of the NEA briefs, so the requirements will be the same, but we’ll amend them to give you additional guidance on what constitutes a prototype/mock-up, and the supporting evidence that would be appropriate for each of the briefs. We’ll let you know as soon as these amended briefs are available on e-AQA.

As the current marking criteria are based around the application of the theoretical framework and not the technical production skills, we’ll not be amending the assessment criteria in the specifications. This means we still need all students to submit a statement of intent. We will, however, remove the current instruction to penalise students for the use of non-original images, as these could form part of valid supporting evidence of submissions.

For A-level cross-media production

The current marking criteria can be applied to both final products and prototypes, so this allows for any students who may have completed half of their cross-media production, and then the other half as a prototype with supporting evidence

We know that you’ll want to know more about the changes for next summer. We’ll be publishing further guidance about the summer 2021 exams over the coming months.