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AQA GCSE Media Studies Serial Drama Mock Exam

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday January 26, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Serial Drama

AQA Unit 1: Investigating the Media

Serial TV Drama

A Specimen Paper developed by Edusites

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes


For this paper, you must have:

  • AQA 8-page answer book
  • Clean copy of 48101/PM (enclosed)
  • A3 design sheet (enclosed)
  • Drawing and colouring materials


  • 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.

1. Television Serial Dramas offer a range of benefits for TV channels:

  • they target a clear audience
  • they may feature or create a celebrity/character
  • they offer the capability to become an on-going franchise

Using examples from your research, develop the above points and add some of your own ideas, to explain why TV serial dramas are essential staples of TV channels. (15 marks)

2. Set out your pitch for a TV Serial Drama developed from one of the outlines in the brief. You need to include:

  • an outline of the narrative
  • details about settings and locations
  • a profile of two lead characters
  • an explanation of how your ideas will appeal...

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