Changes for 2022

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

These changes are for 2022 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 will be available on Centre Services.
  • 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 New

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, we've published individual summaries and guidance to help you know what to expect.

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