NEW: International GCSE Media Studies (9257)

Introduce your students to the possibilities of the dynamic media landscape

Through exploring a range of media products and challenging creativity, our International GCSE Media Studies course will spark your students’ curiosity and prepare them for further study.

  • The only GCSE Media Studies qualification designed exclusively for international students, with internationally and culturally relevant content that ensures no student is disadvantaged.
  • Includes a coursework module that develops students’ creativity and practical skills.
  • Adopts a flexible approach that allows schools the freedom to select their own materials and teaching sources across a range of modern media formats.

International GCSE Media Studies (9257)

View the switching guide to see the differences between your old International GCSE Media Studies specification and the OxfordAQA specification (version updated February 2024).

OxfordAQA International GCSE Media Studies covers the following topics:

  • Media language
  • Media representations
  • Media industries
  • Media audiences

OxfordAQA provides all the resources and advice you need to teach the International GCSE Media Studies specification effectively.

  • Download the specification
  • Read our switching guide
  • View our training courses to help you deliver OxfordAQA International GCSE Media Studies
  • Approved textbooks and resources published by Oxford University Press

This specification is part of our new 2024 suite of International GCSE, AS and A-level qualifications. Our team of experts are busy producing more teaching and learning support resources for your teaching staff. Visit our resources for teachers area to keep up to date with new resources as they are made available, including:

  • Schemes of work to allow you to plan how to deliver the specification in a way that will best suit you and your students
  • Teaching guidance to outline clearly the scope of teaching and learning
  • Topic tests and mock exam analysers to allow you to track your students’ progress throughout the teaching year.

Paper 1 – Media Knowledge and Understanding:

  • 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) – creating a media product:

  • Students respond to a choice of one of six briefs that change every three years
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by OxfordAQA

Take a look at:

  • The OxfordAQA International GCSE Media Studies switching guide
  • Example specimen exam paper and mark scheme

You must be an approved OxfordAQA centre to enter students for our exams. Make sure you become an OxfordAQA centre before you start teaching a course.

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