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A Level Film Studies at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

Do you love films? Do you want to spend all your lessons talking about films, watching films and writing about films? Do you want to learn how to make your own films, or maybe you do already and want to learn how to take it to the next level? You came to the right place - we do all of that right here! The Film A Level specification is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film; it is 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 that we have been developing since childhood. You will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing your creativity and practical film-making skills.

Course content

Both the art and the business of Film. You will have the opportunity to study a diverse range of film forms, film styles and film industries developed in different places throughout the history of cinema. In the AS year students will refer to a range of films to explore how the construction generates meaning for the viewer as well as research and investigation of the film industries and audiences in Britain and the America. The A2 year involves students undertaking a small scale research project and a creative film-making project as well as studies of World Cinema, spectatorship and a single set film.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language and Literature grade B or higher and preferably GCSE Media Studies or Film Studies grade B OR BTEC Level 2 Creative Media Production at Merits or higher.


Assessment is equally split 45:55 written examination : practical coursework In the AS year, coursework involves the analysis of a film extract of the your choice as well as a creative project to plan, film and edit your own film extract or short film. The examination tests knowledge of producers and audiences via an analysis of a range of several stimuli. In the A2 the coursework you will undertake a small scale research project and a creative film-making project as well as examination questions to investigate studies of World Cinema, spectatorship and a single set film.

Future opportunities

Film Studies provides a good foundation to embark on a range of courses at university and a stepping stone for careers in the film industry and associated media such as journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. There are many readily transferable skills learned that will empower students in careers in which research, analysis, communication and expression are valued.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ricards Lodge High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.