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Film Studies A Level at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

This course is designed to deepen students’ existing understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the medium of Film - the major art form of the 20th Century and the new millennium. Students will study this medium in depth in many ways. This subject may also be studied alongside Media Studies if desired. It must be emphasised that this course is an academic one, so it is not suitable for students looking for a completely practical or vocational course in film-making. There will be opportunities for relevant trips and visits. A black-tie Oscars ceremony is held in June of the final year for students and their families to celebrate students’ creative achievements

Course content

Component 1: American and British Film
- Classical Hollywood
- Hollywood since the 1960s
- Contemporary American Cinema
- British Film – Comparative Study

Component 2: Varieties of Film
- Film Movements
- Documentary Film
- Global Film
- Short Film

Component 3: Production
One production and its evaluative analysis

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in either GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature.

- A good command of the English language, in both reading and writing.
- A logical approach to structured essays.
- Good observational skills – curiosity and attention to detail.
- A very keen interest in film and cinema and in the world around them.
- Ability to work and research independently.
- Ability for critical analysis and detailed textual study of narrative, genre and film form.
- Creative and technical ability, such as storyboarding, screenplay writing, digital film-making and editing (no previous experience necessary).


Component 1: 3 hour exam. 35%
Component 2: 3 hour exam. 35%
Component 3: Non-exam assessment. 30%

Future opportunities

The subject develops a wide range of critical, analytical and creative skills which are useful in many careers. Many students progress to degrees in subjects such as English Literature & Film Studies, American Studies, Film or Media Studies as well as to practical courses, such as Film & TV Production. The subject also complements many other Humanities, Art and Science subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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