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Media Studies AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College

Course description

Media Studies offers a range of methods to develop your knowledge and understanding of the media. By emphasising key approaches such as representation you will develop a ‘tool kit’ with which to deconstruct and analyse the meanings within media texts as diverse as blockbuster movies and advertising campaigns.

The practical element of the course encourages students to express their knowledge by producing their own media text. This is invaluable as an opportunity to experience the reality of media production. The course allows you to think independently and have greater control over the influence the media has on our daily lives.

Course content

Two modules are studied each year, one of which is coursework and one of which is examined. Each module is worth an equal number of marks.

Year 12

1. Examined module – Investigating Media (a) Analysis of moving image (b) Cross-media Case Study 2. Coursework - Creating Media (a) Practical Production (b) Print media production

Year 13

1. Examined module – Media Research and Production Identity in the Media 2. Coursework - Critical Perspectives Critical Investigation with a linked production

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English

A grade B in GCSE subjects is required for most A Level programmes. Please speak to the sixth form subject teacher for specific details on course entry.


This is both teacher-assessed (in the case of coursework) and marked by the exam board (in the case of examined modules).

Future opportunities

This qualification would open up for a student the opportunity to study for any media-related degree, or any post-18 qualification which requires a range of A Levels. This would open up the possibility of working in any graduate employment area, including the media industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

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