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Media Studies A level at Hylands School

Course description

This course enables candidates to develop critical awareness and understanding of the media and its role in building and moulding society and its attitudes through the exploration of the products of media production processes (media texts), the institutions which produce them and the audiences which respond to them.

Course content

Study is approached through the conceptual framework comprising Media Forms and Conventions, Media Institutions and Media Audiences and Representations. At AS level, candidates engage in the construction, deconstruction and critical analysis of a range of media texts and in the study of texts in relation to media institutions and media audiences. At A level, candidates have the opportunity to extend their knowledge with the conceptual framework thorough independent research project and engagement with a range of contemporary media issues and debates.

A distinctive feature of the course is the practical production element at both AS and A level. This enables candidates to put theory into practice by creating their own media products, thus affording opportunities for engagement in creative, imaginative and aesthetic activity.


Entry requirements

  •  GCSE in English Language minimum grade B
  •  Pre-summer work required to be completed by students: Yes


Assessment is by means of two units of assessment for AS and a further two units of assessment for A2. One of these units in both the AS and A2 course is an externally assessed written exam of 2 1/2 hours duration.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Media Studies does not itself open doors to the world of film and television industries. It does, however, provide a good basis for employment in these areas as well as for a wide range of other courses and occupations, such as journalism, advertising, teaching. It is also a subject recognised by universities for the rigour of its academic content and the way the course develops students’ approach to critical analysis and the understanding and application of conceptual theory.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hylands School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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