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Film Studies at St Gregory's Catholic School

Course description

Studying Film at ‘A’ level is designed to give learners the following opportunities:

•to embrace film as both an art form and a medium of communication and to study and enjoy a diverse range of films.
•to engage with film’s broad, cultural and historical heritage and gain an understanding of how meaning has been created through film from the silent era to the present day.
•to explore the historic European film movements that helped shape filmmaking in the 20th century.
•to explore how film represents different cultures and societies and investigate the ideologies that shape film, and that are shaped by film.
•to explore different film forms, such as short films, experimental films, documentary films and silent films.
•to explore production processes, technologies and the significance of both viewing conditions to the spectator and the digital in film.
•to apply academic and theoretical knowledge into their own production of a short fiction or experimental film or screenplay and produce an evaluation of their production.


Course content

A Level in Film Studies consists of two components that are externally assessed and one coursework component that is assessed by the centre and externally moderated.

Component 1 – Film History

This component is worth 105 marks and represents 35% of the marks for the A Level, and is assessed via an examination paper lasting two hours. The examination paper will consist of two sections.

•Section A: Film form in US cinema from the Silent Era to 1990 (55 marks)
•Section B: European Cinema History (50 marks)


Component 2 – Critical Approaches to Film

This component is worth 105 marks and represents 35% of the marks for the A Level, and is assessed via an examination paper lasting two hours. The examination paper will consist of three sections.

•Section A: Contemporary British and US Film (35 marks)
•Section B: Documentary (35 marks)
•Section C: Ideology (35 marks)

Component 3 - Making a Short Film

This is a non-examined assessment (coursework) component worth 90 marks and represents 30% of the marks for the A Level.

This coursework is internally assessed by teachers and externally moderated by OCR assessors.

Learners will be required to produce either an individual short film (fictional or experimental) or an equivalent screenplay with a digitally photographed storyboard (60 marks). Learners will carry out an evaluation of their production in relation to the set short films they have studied in preparation for their production (30 marks).


Entry requirements

Level 6 in English Language and English Literature..




Future opportunities

Higher education – Opportunities to study film both as practical and theoretical courses at university or college.


Careers – Film and its related industries are significant employers both in the UK and internationally.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OCR H410

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • St Gregory's Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01892 527444
    • Email address:


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