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Media Studies GCSE

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WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCE and GCSE Media Studies qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales.

The current specification is assessed by examination (40%) and by work internally assessed and externally moderated (60%).

GCSE Media Studies Linear Specification

GCSE Media Studies Unitised Specification



Following several requests, the deadline for entries for this year's Moving Image Awards has been extended to TUESDAY, 5 JULY 2016. Best of Luck! 

Moving Image Awards Application Form 2016

Summer 2016 GCSE Resource Material Format (16 March 2016)

The format of the resource material for use in the Summer 2016 GCSE Media Studies Unit 1 (4391) examination will be audio-visual.

DfE subject content for new Media Studies qualifications - England only

We are delighted to announce that Department for Education (DfE) has now published the subject content for the reformed GCSE and GCE AS and A level Media Studies qualifications for first teaching from September 2017 in England.  Please consult the DfE website for full details. 

GCSE Media Studies Subject Content

AS and A level Media Studies Subject Content

More information will be made available on our Eduqas Media Studies page later this year. 

Continuing Professional Development

We are holding a series of CPD courses in spring 2017 to support teachers preparing to deliver GCSE Media Studies (from 2017). Book your place by clicking the course link below:

WJEC GCSE Media Studies - Preparing to Teach (Wales Centres Only)

Exam Information

Productions are not permitted to be on the same topic as the Unit 1 Examination. In addition only ONE of the Textual Investigations may be on the Unit 1 Examination topic.

Unit 1 Examination Topic 2016

As detailed in the specification, the Unit 1 exam topic for June 2016 is Film Trailers for Section A and Film Posters for Section B.

For 2016, the following productions are not permitted, as they are based on the unit 1 topic of Advertising and Marketing:

  • Music video
  • Adverts
  • Film or TV trailer
  • Film/TV/music poster or campaign

Unit 1 Examination Topic 2017

As detailed in the specification, the Unit 1 exam topic for June 2017 is Newspapers for Section A and Radio News for Section B.

Specifications - Linear and Unitised

  • ALL centres in England are required to use the linear GCSE specification. In linear specifications, candidates enter all their units at the end of the course.
  • In Wales, centres are able to follow either the linear or unitised specification. In unitised specifications assessment may be taken in separate units at stages during the course.
  • WJEC is offering both linear and unitised specifications. The content of the two options is the same; the only difference is that in linear assessment all examinations must be taken at the end of the course.

Key Dates


Grade Boundaries (UMS/Raw Marks)

  • Grade Boundaries (UMS/Raw Marks) for previous series are available.
  • Information on how raw marks are converted to uniform marks may be found in the Uniform Marks document.

Key Resources

General Information

Controlled Assessment

Please note that exemplar material for Unit 2 Controlled Assessment is available on the WJEC Secure Website under: Resources PDF Download > GCSE Media Studies Exemplar

Item Level Data

For further information, please contact:

Jo Johnson - Subject Officer
Phone: 029 2026 5091
E-mail: jo.johnson@wjec.co.uk

Sally Cunliffe - Subject Support Officer
Phone: 029 2026 5460
E-mail: sally.cunliffe@wjec.co.uk  

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GCSE Media Studies Examiners' Report Summer 2015

Principal Examiners' Report

The Summer 2015 Principal Examiners' Report, providing feedback on the Summer 2015 series of examinations, is now available. Centres are advised to read the report carefully as it provides helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next series of examinations.

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