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A Level Film Studies at JCoSS

Course description

Film Studies combines analytical skills, with attention to detail and a critical eye. It also enables students to develop film-making skills, focusing on direction, cinematography and editing. Students study film industries (including British & Hollywood), film audiences as well as comparing two American films (currently teen films), British crime films, popular films and audience reaction as well as European cinema and a single film study. A2 students will study an auteur director of their own choice. Students will also analyse scenes from a film of their choice and make films in both year 12 and 13.

Course content

In the AS year you will study producers and audiences through the British and Hollywood film industries and investigate the leading contemporary issues.

You will study how British Film examines our identity as a nation and closely examine American society through two films from differing times. The coursework gives an opportunity for the independent analysis of any feature film and the opportunity to construct and visualise an original film concept.

The A2 year introduces students to the diverse range of film forms and styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema. In giving students the opportunity to study significant film movements and aspects of national cinemas, it is intended that an interest in film culture will be fostered.

The coursework is formed of an independent research project

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the course students need at least a B grade in English Language GCSE.

The course requires students to work independently and creatively. You will already have a keen interest in film, either through watching films on a regular basis, producing them, or both! You will be expected to approach tasks analytically and to be able to express your ideas clearly in writing.


AS: 60% exam, 40% controlled assessment (film & reflective analysis, analysis of sequence)
A2: 50% exam, 50% controlled assessment (film, auteur investigation )

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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