Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

Please note: this section relates to the legacy specification. The final resit opportunity will be January 2019 (for externally assessed units only - no controlled assessment units available). This will also be the last opportunity for certification.


GCSE Journalism could be your first step towards an exciting, demanding and glamorous career. Your study will enable you to explore the challenging and changing world of journalism, resulting in self development and improved confidence. Learning about Journalism is like working as a journalist. Both offer an experience that is exciting, varied, fast and challenging. Candidates on this vocationally orientated course have the chance to learn about and practise the core journalism skills of interviewing, writing and reporting. An ability to write or talk knowledgeably about events so that other people will want to read about them and listen is in great demand.

This specification in GCSE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry (JMC) is for first teaching from September 2009. We will make the first awards in 2011.

Through studying this specification, students have opportunities to:

  • practise journalistic skills in realistic contexts;
  • develop an understanding of the unique approaches required to be a successful journalist;
  • understand the moral and ethical issues that arise when working as a journalist;
  • understand how a story appears in print, online or on air from the source to the output;
  • develop an understanding of representation and the power of the media;
  • analyse how a range of media address particular stories and events;
  • develop an understanding of the impact of technology on a journalist’s work; and
  • present ideas and arguments supported by research and evidence.

This is a practical and work-related course. Students apply their developing knowledge through researching, planning, writing and evaluating media texts. They develop and practise the key transferable skills that are important in working life. They also develop critical thinking and decision-making skills through considering issues that are important, real and relevant to them.

This specification prepares students to go into further education and/or training in the area of journalism.