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Film Studies AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

The AS/A specification in Film Studies is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes   of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century. The specification builds on the cineliteracy learners have developed informally since childhood. They will study film deriving from a variety of viewing situations. They will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films. The course includes both technical and theoretical components.

AS and A Level Film Studies builds on candidates’ informal learning, prior experience of film in key stages 1 to 3 and the knowledge, understanding and skills established at key stage 4, in whatever curricular context.

Film Studies is a subject that by its nature requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The specification provides a framework for exploration      of such issues and includes specific content through which individual courses may address these issues.

Course content

AS LEVEL

UNIT 1 Exploring Film Form  

Focus of the unit

This unit focuses on the micro features of film and the construction of meaning and emotion.

Throughout this unit, the emphasis will be on the interaction of film and spectator.

UNIT 2 British and American Film

Focus of the unit

This unit focuses on the two aspects of producers and the role of macro features of a film.

This will be studied in the context of the national cinemas of Britain and America.

 

A LEVEL

UNIT 3 Film Research & Creative Projects  

Focus of the unit

This unit contributes to synoptic assessment and focuses on two projects related to the production of meaning: one is research-based and the other is creative.         

UNIT 4 Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates  

Focus of the unit

This unit contributes to synoptic assessment. Understanding will be fostered through studying complex films, exploring spectatorship, applying key concepts.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C in English Language or English Literature plus a Grade C GCSE in a Humanity subject.

GCSE APS of 40

Assessment

AS LEVEL

UNIT 1

Coursework folder – internally assessed and externally moderated.

Maximum Marks available:

80 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

  • Analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film produce meaning and responses
  • Creative project based on a film sequence or short film

 

 

UNIT 2

2 hours 30 minutes examination

Maximum Marks available:

120 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

Three question, one from each section:

Section A: Producers and audiences

Section B: Topics in British Film

Section C: US Film – Comparative study of two films

 

A LEVEL

UNIT 3

Coursework folder - internally assessed and externally moderated.

Maximum Marks available:

100 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

  • Research project designed to develop research skills
  • Developing creative skills and a deepened understanding

UNIT 4

2 hours 45 minutes examination

Maximum Marks available:

100 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

Three questions, one from each section:

Section A: World Cinema topics

Section B: Spectatorship topics

Section C: Single Film – Critical Study

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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