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Media Studies at The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Media at Hollyfield is a dynamic and exciting course and is very popular.

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AS Course

This comprises of 2 units:

Unit 1: Investigating Media; written paper 50% of marks for AS (25% full A level) Section A – short questions on unseen stimulus material (from moving image, digital/web-based or print). Section B – one essay question from a choice of two based on a cross media study.

Unit 2: Creating Media: production coursework: 50% of marks for AS(25% full A level) Two linked production pieces and a 1500 word written evaluation.


A2 Course:

The A2 course comprises of the above AS units plus two further units:

Unit 3: Critical Perspectives; written paper; 25% full A level Section A – compulsory on unseen stimulus material Section B – one essay question from choice of two preset topics.

Unit 4: Research and Production; coursework; 25% full A level Critical evaluation (2000 words) and linked production piece.



Entry requirements

Minimum of C grade at Media Studies GCSE or B grade in English if no GCSE


At both AS and A2 the assessment is 50% coursework and 50% examination.


Future opportunities

Work in media industries

Media Studies A level is not a direct passport to work in the media industries as it is not a truly vocational course, however the course will afford students an informed perspective into these areas. 

Further studies in Media

Media Studies is a hugely popular option at degree level: it can be studied either as a discrete option, or with an ever increasing range of companion subjects.

Further information

The Hollyfield Sixth Form is fully equipped with an Apple Mac suite as well as having use of multiple ICT rooms across the site. Need to work outside of the lesson? The LRC is furnished with over 60 computers and Sixth Form students have exclusive use of a study room with key card entry, fully equipped with desktop PCs and a printer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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