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A Level Media and Film Studies at Garth Hill College

Course description

Content of the AS course

G321 Foundation Portfolio in Media
1 initial practical piece
1 main practical piece (video or print)
A blog exploring the creative process and evaluating the finished piece

FM1 Exploring Film Form
Coursework: Micro analysis (1500 words)
Storyboard using original photography
Reflective analysis

Content of the A2 course

G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media Coursework

FM3 Research and Creative Projects Coursework

Entry requirements

You will learn analytical, evaluative and practical skills in the study of one of the most powerful and influential institutions of our time – the mass media – as well as exploring the British, American and World cinema industries.

Entry requirements: you should have achieved a minimum of a B grade in English and English Literature.


The AS Qualification:

G322 Key Media Concepts
2 hours Written Paper
Section A: Textual Analysis and Representation
Section B: Institutions and Audiences

FM2 British and American Film
2½ hours Written Paper
Section A: Producers and Audiences - unseen
Section B: British Film – ‘Rocknrolla’ and ‘The Italian Job’
Section C: US Film Comparative Study – ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Goodfellas’

The A2 Qualification:

G325 Critical Perspectives in Media
2 hours Written Paper
Section A: Theoretical Evaluation
Section B: Media Issues

FM4 Issues and Debates
2¾ hours Written Paper
Section A: World Cinema
Section B: Spectatorship
Section C: Single Film

Future opportunities

Practical work is an integral and popular part of both courses. You will benefit from access to the technical facilities in the Sixth Form Centre that include a dedicated editing suite for practical production.

Career Applications: The skills you develop are all transferable to a wide range of courses and careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Garth Hill College directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


  • More information
    • Garth Hill College Sixth Form is open to all students. We aim to provide high quality education in a supportive, friendly environment. We cater for all abilities and offer a wide range of subjects at Level 3 (Advanced Level) and Level 2, as well as courses which are delivered through our partnership with other local providers. Choosing the courses which are right for you is an important decision. We have a highly experienced team of Sixth Form personal tutors who will be able to provide you with expert advice, guidance and support.

      Our results are good and many subjects’ results are among the best nationally.  However, we aim to ensure that all our Sixth Formers are encouraged to develop their personal confidence so that they can work effectively both for themselves and others.  We want to see all our Sixth Formers succeed, not only in their studies, but also as young adults within the College and local community.


      You will be encouraged to show initiative and to develop new skills; to work on your own and in teams; to take advantage of the opportunities which are regularly presented to post-16 students. We value our Sixth Formers and we challenge them to perform to the very best of their abilities. Being a student at Garth Hill College Sixth Form will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to work hard, take up new responsibilities and gain valuable experience and preparation for the next stage of your life.