Consultation outcome

GCSE, AS and A level reform: regulations for film studies and media studies

This consultation has concluded

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Decisions on Conditions and guidance for GCSE, AS and A level film studies, and for GCSE, AS and A level media studies

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Detail of outcome

We have decided to adopt most of our consultation proposals.

As a result of the significant feedback on our proposals, we have decided not to impose release dates for non-exam assessment tasks in GCSE, AS or A level film studies or media studies.

Instead, we are giving exam boards flexibility to take a different approach, provided they can demonstrate that their assessments will function well and meet all the relevant requirements set out in our General Conditions of Recognition. We are introducing guidance for GCSE, AS and A level film studies and media studies which highlights this expectation.

We have also made some minor drafting changes to our guidance on assessment objectives to ensure consistency with other subjects, and (for A level media studies) to avoid any confusion about how students should be expected to engage with academic theories.

Feedback received

Analysis of Responses to our Consultation on Conditions and Guidance for GCSE, AS and A level Film Studies and GCSE, AS and A level Media Studies

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Detail of feedback received

There were 188 responses to the consultation – 143 from individuals and 45 from organisations.

Our proposal to introduce a release date for the briefs in both subjects received strong disagreement from the majority of respondents. Responses to our other proposals were more positive.

Respondents also raised several issues that were outside the scope of this consultation, in particular in relation to:

  • the Department for Education’s subject content
  • the weighting of non-examination assessment in GCSE, AS and A level film studies and media studies

Original consultation

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Summary

A consultation on rules and guidance for new GCSEs, AS and A levels in film studies and media studies

Documents

GCSE, AS and A level film studies, GCSE, AS and A level media studies – consultation on Conditions and guidance

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Consultation description

This consultation is about the rules and guidance we plan to put in place for new GCSEs, AS and A levels in:

  • film studies
  • media studies

These rules will apply to the new GCSEs, AS and A levels in these subjects that will be taught in schools in England from September 2017.

This consultation takes forward decisions made following our earlier consultation ‘Developing new GCSEs, AS and A Levels for first teaching in 2017 - Part 2’, and is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.