Changes for 2022

Because of the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are some changes to how A-level Media Studies will be assessed in 2022.

These changes are for 2022 only.

Media product submissions

  • As well as accepting the submission of final products, we’ll also accept submission of prototypes/mock-ups with supporting evidence.
  • We’ve removed the current restriction on the use of non-original images, as these could form part of a valid supporting evidence of submissions.
  • We’ll amend the briefs to give you additional guidance on prototypes/mock-ups, and the required supporting evidence. Amended briefs will be available on Centre Services.
  • The current marking criteria will be applied to both final products and prototypes, so this allows for any students who may have completed half of their cross-media production to submit the other half as a prototype with supporting evidence.
  • The NEA marking criteria: as the current marking criteria are based around the application of the theoretical framework and not the technical production skills, we will not be amending the assessment criteria in the specifications.

Advance information on exams will be available

To help students focus their exam preparation, there will be advance information on what exams will cover.

This advance information will be available by 7 February 2022, or sooner if the pandemic worsens.

In the meantime, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published guidance for teachers and students on the use of advance information for 2022.

Help and support

If you require further guidance or support, please contact us.