A Level Film Studies
About the course
Film Studies A Level has been designed to ignite a passion for film and encourage broader cultural and historical perspectives on this academic area of study. This course of study encourages learners to watch, engage critically with and explore a wide range of film; to develop and sustain confident, personal responses to film via textual analysis; and to enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed films across the major genres. These include films from different cultural perspectives and from the 1930s to present day.
If you have an interest in film as a creative form, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of this subject area, as well as enhancing your analysis, research and communication skills. The complex texts of film provide opportunities for sophisticated discussion and interpretation. Film Studies sits well alongside the subjects of Media Studies, English and Sociology, as well as supplying a valuable rich broadening of study for students in diverse other subjects.
Year One: AS Level
AS Unit 1: Elements of Film
You will develop knowledge of film form through the study of US films from 1930-1960 and 1961-1990.
AS Unit 2: Understanding British Film
You will study one British film and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skill through the production of either an extract from a contemporary British film or an extract from a screenplay for a contemporary British film, and an evaluation of the production.
Unit 1: Elements of Film. 2 hour paper, 70% of total AS Level
Unit 2: Understanding British Film. Coursework, 30% of total AS Level
Year Two: A Level
A Level Unit 1: Film History
You will develop knowledge of film form through the study of US films from the Silent Era, 1930-1960 and 1961-1990. You will also study films from two major European film movements or stylistic developments (e.g. French New Wave)
A Level Unit 2: Critical Approaches to Film
You will develop knowledge and understanding of key critical approaches to film and of narrative, genre, representations and spectatorship. You will study films from a range of categories, including Contemporary British, Documentary, US Independent and Non-European Non-English Language.
A Level Unit 3: Making Short Film
You will study a compilation of short British fiction films and a compilation of short British experimental films. You will demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills through the production of a 5 minute short film or a 10 minute screen play for a short film, and an evaluation of the production.
Unit 1: Film History. 2 hour paper, 35% of total A Level
Unit 2: Critical Approaches to Film. 2 hour paper, 35% of total A Level
Unit 3: Making Short Film. Coursework, 30% of total A Level.
(Cameras and editing facilities are supplied for use within the course)
What skills will I learn?
Film Studies develops skills in analysis of audio-visual material, applying film studies critical practices. Written and oral presentation skills are developed, in communication complex material clearly with independent insight. Technical skills in film planning, production and post-production are developed, along with reflective practice in evaluating work against intentions and professional practice. Students are encouraged to develop their independent research and analysis skills within a structured environment.
5 GCSE grade A*-C, including English Language and Maths grade 4 or above.
Further information can be obtained
Exam Board Website