Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

GCSE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry specification develops studentsí knowledge and understanding of journalistic conventions and practices. Students learn about topics such as journalism law, regulation and ethics, public relations and working with sources.

Students have opportunities to research, write and present news stories for both print and broadcast. They learn to adapt their writing style to suit different audiences, platforms and formats, including radio scripts and film reviews. Students work with a range of digital technologies when designing, recording and presenting their work. They also develop key transferable skills, such as justifying and defending choices with persuasive arguments.

For the externally assessed unit, students take an online exam that requires them to complete journalistic tasks in response to stimulus material.

The specification offers a solid basis for progression to our GCE in Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Cross-Platform Research Portfolio
  • Unit 2: Radio and Review Portfolio
  • Unit 3: Industry, Theory and Practice.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Related Circulars

Mock Online Examination Ė February 2019 (S/IF/69/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 03 December 2018

S/IF/68/17 Mock Online Examination 2018 - Registration Now Open!
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 December 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Past Papers

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Examinations

View Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Reports

Controlled Assessment

In this specification Unit 1: Cross-Platform Research Portfolio and Unit 2: Radio and Review Portfolio are controlled assessment units. Students produce two practice-based portfolios that demonstrate journalistic knowledge and understanding.

Controlled Assessment Live Task (Unit 2 - Task 1)
(PDF), Last Updated: 31 August 2018

Controlled Assessment Live Task (Unit 2 - Task 2)
(PDF), Last Updated: 31 August 2018

Support

Fact File: Conventions of Online Journalism
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 October 2017

Fact File: Conventions of Print Journalism
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 October 2017

Fact File: Conventions of Radio Journalism
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 October 2017

Fact File: Conventions of TV Journalism
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 October 2017

Fact File: Journalism Law, Regulation and Ethics
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 October 2017

Fact File: The Role of Journalism and Technology
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 October 2017

GCSE and GCE A/AS Examinations Summer 2018 E-Moderation Product-Type Subjects Instructions to Teachers
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 May 2018

Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19