This guidance relates to AS and A Level Media Studies (H009, H409).
In order to complete the AS and A Level Media non-exam assessment (NEA), briefs are published within the pre-release materials section of the qualification page as follows:
All assessments must be completed and marks submitted by 15 May of the year of submission. Once you have submitted your marks to OCR and the moderator, you will receive a moderation sample request. You then need to submit the following for each candidate in the sample request:
In addition, each candidate should sign a declaration to confirm the work is their own and teachers are required to complete a centre authentication form (CCS160). These should be retained within your centre until the end of the post-results period.
Students must work individually to produce responses to the briefs. Group productions are not permitted, although other people can assist the student as long as they follow the student’s instructions and their contribution is indicated on the cover sheet. Examples of this include people acting or appearing in the media product or people operating lights.
Students are able to share equipment, locations and performers. However, each candidate is directly responsible for the creation of their own content. Where equipment is shared, students should have an individual approach to the use of media language and representation. This should be illustrated by the individual planning materials and teacher comments on the cover sheet.
Although not assessed, research and planning must be submitted for moderation as they support the authentication of work and help moderators identify a candidate’s aims. They underpin effective production practices, and we recommend candidates complete sufficient research and planning to allow them to have a clear understanding of the conventions of similar media products. This will support the candidate’s final production outcomes.
We also recommend making these materials available online. The blog format is well suited to this as it can clearly show the development of a production from initial idea to completion.
A statement of intent must be completed for every candidate. The statement allows students to communicate their production ideas. Without this there is a limit to the number of marks they can achieve, as follows:
Only material produced by the candidate can be submitted as part of their NEA production. The exception to this is the use of copyright free music in the television and radio briefs, and the use of existing tracks for the music video brief. The latter does not need to be copyright free.
Found materials other than these should not be used in NEA productions. Where they are used, candidates must not be awarded marks above Level 1 of the marking criteria.
Further details can be found in the specifications.