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Film Studies A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

A Level in Film Studies will give you a deeper insight into how film works in the UK and around the world and how audiences are asked/provoked to respond and think when watching films.
If you're contemplating a career in the media/film industry, you should find this course stimulating and enjoyable. It also compliments many of the core subjects you may study at A Level, offering you a range of transferrable skills.

You'll write various essays requiring skills of analysis, interpretation and debate. You will be able to comment on topics like the UK vs. USA Film Industry, Technology and Cinema going, Cinema viewing and audiences, the UK Horror film genre. The coursework component of the A Level will allow you to produce film texts in print, photography or film.

Course content


Film Studies offers you the exciting chance to spend two years watching, thinking about and perhaps even producing your own sequence of a film. You will learn about the film industry and the importance of the audience in the production of films. You will also study World cinema and look closely at particular films and look at issues surrounding the films you will study.

Unit 1 - called Exploring Film Form and includes your coursework. Here you will learn how film technical construction is used to manipulate the audience into thinking and feeling in particular ways. You will focus on film cinematography, sound, editing, mise-en-scene and performance, and study and analyse various film extracts. You will have to provide one analysis of an extract from a film and show understanding of how meaning is produced by producing a 1500 word essay.

Also candidates are required to create a film sequence or produce a complete short film or a story board/script that demonstrates elements which are involved within production to create a film.

Unit 2 - British and American Film is externally assessed in the form of an exam. You will look at the relationship between the producers and the audience and the role of genre and narrative when constructing meanings. You will study the film industry within the UK and also the USA.


In Unit 3 Film Research and Creative Projects you will have to produce a small scale research project into a film topic of your choosing. You could also create a film script, short film or screen play to demonstrate your creative skills, and deepen your understanding of film studies.

On Unit 4 Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates you will study world cinema and the issues surrounding particular films. You will also examine films that create an emotional response through their technical construction, narrative and characters, as well as an in depth examination of the issues and debates surrounding the film ‘Fight Club’.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a grade C in English Language


Unit 2 and 4 exams are externally marked. Unit 1 and 3 coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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