GCSE and A-level Media Studies: NEA changes for 2022 exams

Monday 12 Jul 2021

Ofqual has published the arrangements for non-exam assessment (NEA) and fieldwork for students entering for exams in 2022. Here are the changes to GCSE and A-level Media Studies you need to know about for summer 2022.

For all GCSE and A-level Media Studies NEA in summer 2022, 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 will form 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 Centre Services.

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.

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.

Ofqual is planning a consultation on summer 2022 towards the end of this term. We’ll provide further updates and guidance about the summer 2022 exams as soon as we are able to.