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Film Studies Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

What do Scorsese, Coppola and Lucas have in common? They all studied films before they started making them. This course allows you to study different genres of film whilst also producing your own material.
You will:
- Deepen your appreciation of cinema and understanding of the historical, political and cultural context of films
- Study contemporary Hollywood and British film, world cinema and the ‘classics’
- Have the opportunity to go on the New York media trip
- Critically analyse film extracts
- Develop your own screenplays
- Use industry standard equipment, including HD equipment and Final Cut Pro

Assessment is by coursework and examination.

Course content

The AS involves the study of contemporary Hollywood and British Cinema, including the ways in which films create meaning, provoke audience response and deal with social, cultural and political issues. There is also a focus on the industries that produce these films and the audiences who consume them.

Detailed Breakdown
FM1 - Exploring Film Form (Coursework: 40%)
- Written Analysis of a film extract (1500 words)
- Creative Project (storyboard, step outline or film sequence) and Reflective Analysis (750 words)

FM2 - British and American Film (2.5 hour written exam: 60%)
Section A - Producers and Audiences; Section B - British Film Topics; Section C - US Comparative Study

The A Level involves studying a wider range of cinematic styles, including World Cinema, non-fiction films and classic films. It provides more sophisticated critical approaches for understanding how films construct meaning, as well as developing an appreciation of the history and diversity of film.

Detailed Breakdown
FM3 - Film Research and Creative Projects (Coursework: 50%)
- Small Scale Research Project (2000 words approx.)
- Creative Project (screenplay, step outline or film sequence) and Evaluation of (1000 words)

FM4 - Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates (2.75 hour written exam)
Section A - World Cinema Topics; Section B - Spectatorship Topics; Section C - Single Film Critical Study

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language and maths) and a keen interest in different kinds of film.


Assessment is largely written, through both coursework essays and exams. There are also opportunities to produce your own films as part of the coursework.

Future opportunities

You could go on to higher education, where there is now a wide range of film and media courses. You could proceed on to Exeter College's own Foundation Degree in Television Production or Creative Digital Video.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 February 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years