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Media Studies at Holcombe Grammar School

Course description

Media Studies will develop your analytical skills by exploring how the Media construct media products. You will develop your reflective and thinking skills and become a more independent learner. Through your practical work you will improve your research skills and become a more creative thinker. You will also get the opportunity to improve upon and/or develop your practical skills.

Course content

You learn how to analyse texts, exploring what you see, what you here and the elements of genre, representation and narrative within the text. In unit 1 you will focus on the key areas of representation and audience. These areas will be investigated by looking at and deconstructing a range of different media texts including: magazines, film, websites, advertising and TV programmes. To compliment this, in unit 2 you will research and plan the making of a media product and then produce the product itself. This involves working with either film/TV, advertising, magazine or web. You will also then reflect upon and analyse the product you make. Unit 3 explores in more depth the key media concepts of genre, narrative, representation, the institutions who make media products and the audience for products. How the texts are marketed to audiences is another key element that we examine. You will study film, television texts and magazines and recent texts studied include: The Hunger Games, Sherlock and Breaking Bad.  Unit 4 is a research and production unit. You will research, plan and write a 1500 word investigation into a topic related to genre, representation or narrative and produce a practical production relating to the investigation. You also then analyse the whole research and production process.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5grade  A* - C GCSEs including English Language and mathematics.

Usually, a grade B in GCSE Media Studies altough othe rlevant GCSEs such as English will be considered.


Units 1 is externally assessed, unit 2 is coursework. Unit 3 is coursework and Unit 4 is externally assessed. All the units are worth 25% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

Media Studies provides an excellent foundation for further study of related areas at university. There are a huge selection of related careers, including journalism, advertising and marketing, animation, film and TV production, web design and photography.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years