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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fictions Films Exemplar A* Response

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

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General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2016

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Science Fiction Films

Tuesday 24th May 2016: 2pm to 3.30pm

Exemplar A* response developed by Edusites Media

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Use black ink or black ballpoint pen. You should use coloured pencils, fine liners and a ruler where appropriate.
  • Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA.
  • Answer all tasks.
  • You should make sketches and diagrams to help develop your answers where appropriate.
  • Do all rough work in your answer book. Cross through any work that you do not want to be marked.
  • Label clearly your additional sheets. Make it clear which task each sheet relates to. Attach them securely to your answer book.
  • You may not bring your copy of the Pre Release Material or any associated materials to this examination.


  • The marks for tasks are shown in brackets.
  • All tasks carry equal marks.
  • The maximum mark for this paper is 60.
  • You are reminded of the need for good English and clear presentation in your answers. Quality of written communication will be assessed.

Answer all tasks

You should spend 45 minutes on Q1 and Q2, and 45 minutes on Q3 and Q4. All tasks carry equal marks.


We think Science Fiction films are commercially successful because:

  • they are high production value, escapist entertainment
  • they often hybridise with other genres
  • they have an existing fan base that consume Science Fiction media on a range of platforms

Develop the above points and also explain why you think Science Fiction films are commercial successful? Give examples to support your views. (15 marks)

Science fiction films are popular with mass audiences – many films are box office successes and are commercially successful. High production value films like Jurassic World and Star Trek Into Darkness are escapist because of the non-realist nature of the genre...

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