GCSE Media Studies

  • Teaching from: September 2017
  • Exams from: June 2019
  • Specification code: 8572
  • QAN code: 603/2105/2

Our GCSE Media Studies offers you and your students an interactive and engaging course that aims to broaden students’ minds. You’ll cover all aspects of media including language, representations, industries and audiences, giving students both an overall and in-depth understanding of how media represents the world.

Our new topics offer a broad overview of the subject as well as a more detailed study of relevant and contemporary content. To support your teaching, we’ve designed a clear and straightforward specification and a range of resources.


Specification at a glance

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Past papers, mark schemes and example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 7 May 2020 Non-exam assessment submission deadline for GCSE Media Studies (8572/C)
    Schools and colleges may set their own internal deadlines
  • 5 June 2020 Exam for GCSE Media Studies Paper 1 (8572/1)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 30m
  • 8 June 2020GCSE Media Studies preliminary materials issued 8 June. Available in subject area on aqa.org.uk and dispatched as paper copy from actual entries early/mid May (8572/2/TN)

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