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Film Studies A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

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. Students will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, thereby developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form.

With its emphases on visual storytelling and aesthetics, it extends areas of experience covered by literature and art history specifications. Film Studies develops collaborative learning which are essential in the workplace incorporating a range of personal, learning and thinking skills.

Course content


FM1: EXPLORING FILM FORM Focus of the unit: This unit focuses on the micro features of film and the construction of meaning and emotion.

FM2: BRITISH AND AMERICAN FILM Focus of the Unit: This unit focuses on two key aspects of Film Studies: • producers and audiences and the relationship between them; • the role of macro features of film (narrative and genre) in constructing meanings.


FM3: FILM RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PROJECTS Focus of the unit: This unit contributes to two projects related to the production of meaning: one is research-based and the other is creative.

FM4: VARIETIES OF FILM EXPERIENCE – ISSUES AND DEBATES Focus of the unit: Studying complex films from different contexts, extending knowledge of the diversity of film and its effects.

Entry requirements

C in English at GCSE Level


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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

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