Changes to Close Study Products for assessment in 2020

Tuesday 19 Nov 2019

For students being assessed in A-level Media Studies (7572) for summer 2020, we have clarification about the Close Study Products (CSPs).

Oh Comely

The CSP Oh Comely has changed its name to Oh. The update on the magazine’s website states: ‘Oh is a reimagination of Oh Comely magazine and is still a place to meet new people, hear their stories and hopefully leave you looking at life a little differently. And every issue will still have beautiful photography and illustration at its heart’.

The edition of the magazine in the CSP booklet is still the one to be studied. The front pages and extracts from issue 35 must be studied and are shown in the 2020 CSP booklet found on e-AQA.

We’ll still refer to Oh Comely where questions about the magazines feature in the assessments. Students should read the question and determine whether or not these changes to the focus of the magazine would form part of a relevant response to the question.

Teen Vogue

The CSP booklet for the 2020 assessment refers to the Lifestyle section. This section has now been rebranded as Culture and this is the area that students should focus on.

You’ll need to download a new CSP booklet every year in June to ensure that your students are studying the correct products as questions in the exams will relate to these products. The newspapers will be updated every year to ensure that the stories students are covering do not become too outdated. Other products will be refreshed periodically.