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Media Studies A Level at The Holt School

Course description

AS Level (Year 12)
Unit 1: Investigating Media - teaching will begin by delivering the principles of the four key concepts of
analysis: Form; Audience; Institution and Representation. The aim is to empower students to be
confident in the analysis of a broad variety of texts across each of the three media platforms. A cross-
media topic is then delivered, currently sitcom, to allow students to be able to use research skills to
create their own case study.
Assessment: 2 hour exam (50% of AS Course, 25% A level)
Unit 2: Creating Media – in response to the issue of an externally set brief from the exam board, this
Unit allows students to develop a wide range of practical skills to aid them in the planning and creation of
two linked Media products from two of the following platforms: moving image, print or e-media. Students
work independently to produce work for this practical Unit, with the support of regular tutorials provided
by their subject teachers.
Internally assessed (50% of AS Course, 25% A level)
A2 Level (Year 13)
Unit 3: Critical Perspectives – teaching will begin by covering pre-set topic areas starting with
representations in the media and the impact of new/digital media. Cross-media issues and debates and
Media theories are also covered, which form an integral part of the assessment process – particularly
with regard to the first section of the exam paper where students are asked to respond to two unseen
texts that are linked by way of a key media issue.
Assessment: 2 hour exam (50% of A2 Course, 25% A level)
Unit 4: Research and Production - this unit encompasses research into a media text or theme in a
critical investigation form. Students have free choice in respect of their chosen area of study for this and
are required to submit a 2000 word essay, together with a detailed bibliography, showcasing broad wider
reading. An associated linked production piece is also submitted.
Assessment: 2 hour exam (50% of A2 Course, 25% A level)

Entry requirements

5A*-C GCSE grades

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years