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Film StudiesAdvanced Level at William Brookes School

Course description

The Film Studies A Level is designed to introduce students to the
formal aspects of analysing film as well as offering an overview of
the history of cinema and the film industry. In the first year, we
concentrate on mainstream British and American Cinema. In the
second year, we move on to World Cinema and other film forms.
There are opportunities for creative work, with the option to make
their own individual or collaborative films at both AS and A2.
FM1: Exploring Film Form
Learning in this introductory unit is based around films that will be
familiar to students, including Hollywood genre films. It develops
skill in observing and analysing form and style, identifying
techniques of storytelling and reflecting on individual responses.
There is scope for students to study films of their own choice.
It is assessed by two pieces of written work and one creative
FM2: British and American Film
Two and a half hour exam
Through comparative studies of British and American film
industries, students will understand film finance, production,
distribution and exhibition, and the various forms of film
consumption, including new media. Close study of a topic within
British Cinema is undertaken as well as a comparative analysis of
Hollywood genre films from different periods.
FM3: Film Research and Creative Projects
In this unit, students undertake two contrasting assignments. The
first is a research project into an area of the student’s own interest,
and designed to assess their skills in information research and
selection, as well as creative presentation techniques. The second
is the production of a short film, or a sequence from an imagined
feature. This second project can be undertaken individually or
collaboratively, and is designed to display learning about film
language, narrative and genre from the AS year.
FM2: Varieties of Film Experience
Two and three quarter hour exam
Here, students are expected to investigate a wider range of film
styles and issues. The exam is divided into three sections; World
Cinema, spectatorship topics and a case study, in which students
apply all their learning from AS/A2 to a single film.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Brookes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014

Key information

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