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Media Studies AS/A2 Level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

Have you ever wanted to make your own film? Be behind the camera or even learn how to edit and manipulate images? Have you ever had a great idea for a new film? Have you ever considered how powerful the media is? Who is controlling us, or even why we keep seeing the same type of films over and over again? Media Studies offers a whole range of new skills that can be applied to almost all other subjects, but most importantly skills that can transfer to further education or to industry based work. Media Studies involves the close analysis of the images, sounds and text that we experience via the media. You will also produce your own media productions and learn practical skills that will develop over the two year course.

Course content


Unit 1: Foundation Portfolio in Media You will work with others to create the opening two minutes of a new Thriller film. You will learn how to research, plan, produce, direct, edit and evaluate your very own production.

Unit 2: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama) You will develop your understanding of how media products are constructed and how people, places and things are represented to audiences. You will learn how to deconstruct media texts and complete in depth textual analyses.


Unit 3: Advanced Portfolio in Media You will develop your production skills and produce a five-minute short film, with advertising material.

Unit 4: Critical Perspectives in the Media You will learn to critically analyse the skills and concepts you have developed in your course. You will also develop your understanding of how groups of people are portrayed in the media.

Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 5.5, GCSE Grade C in English, Grade C in Media related subject, if taken.



Unit 1: Coursework 50% of AS (25% of A Level).

Unit 2 Coursework 50% of AS (25% of A Level).


Unit 3: ACoursework 25% of A Level.

Unit 4: Coursework 25% of A Level.

Future opportunities

The media industry is one of the largest industries in the world, the skills and experience you learn on this course will lead you into many avenues, it will also help determine what type of media you prefer, the practical or the theory. Many students continue their studies to University or even straight into industry and apprenticeships. Areas include Research, Film/TV Production, Advertising, Games Development, Media Analysis, Journalism, Sound Production, Cultural Studies / Sociology, Scriptwriting, PR / Events Management, Graphics Designer, Editing, any much more. Media Studies works well in combination with most subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

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