Changes for 2021

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The Government announced on 6 January that exams won’t go ahead as normal in summer 2021, so some of this information may change. We’ll update this page as soon as further detail becomes available.

Read about 2021 exam changes

Following Ofqual’s announcement about summer 2021, here are the changes you need to know about.

Please note that these changes apply to summer 2021 only.

NEA – Creating a media product

  • 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’ve removed the current instruction to penalise students for 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 what constitutes a prototype/mock-up, along with the required supporting evidence. Amended briefs are available on e-AQA.
  • 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.

No other changes

Media One and Media Two written exam remain unchanged.

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.

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