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Film Studies A level at Easthampstead Park Community School

Course description

Film Studies is an exciting subject, giving students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Hollywood, British and World Cinema. Whilst learning about the inner working of the film industry, students will consider their responses to cinema on a personal level, developing analytical skill by studying a range which have both challenged and inspired students.

Film Studies puts emphasis on visual storytelling and aesthetics, it extends areas of experience covered by literature and art history specifications. With its emphasis on contexts of production and audience perception, and on cultural politics, it has close affinities with courses in Media and Cultural Studies.

Course content

Exploring Film Form - students are required to write an analytical film essay and to write, produce and direct a 3 minute short film.

British and American Film - students will study Working Title Films, British Films of the Sixties, British Film Industry and a comparative study of two American Films.

Film Research and Creative Projects - students will undertake an investigative essay and a 5 minute short film.

Varieties of Film Experience - key topics consist of film movements, how film generates emotional response in audiences, a detailed analysis of a major film.

Issues and Debates - topics related to the production, distribution and exhibition issues in the Film Industry.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE English.


Exam - 50-%

Coursework - 50%

You will complete one piece of coursework, with three elements to it, in Y12.

You will complete one piece of coursework, with three elements to it, in Y13.

Future opportunities

Journalism, Broadcasting, TV, Radio, Film, Theatre and Further Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Easthampstead Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September