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Film Studies AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

The course is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, 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.

Course content

You will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. You will also 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 skills.

The study of film producers and audiences explores issues of production and consumption: the supply of and demand for films. Some of the recurring debates within film culture will be explored. These include the global dominance of Hollywood, strategies for supporting indigenous film and the significance of fandom. The course will also introduce you to the diverse range of film forms and film styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a C grade in English and have a genuine interest in Film.



FM1: Exploring Film Form 20%

This is the coursework unit and consists of:

* One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract (cinematography, sound, editing and mise-en-scene) from a film of your choice produces meanings and responses.

* One creative project, which is to produce a photo storyboard of a scene from a new film. You will then write a reflective analysis of your production.

Your work will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

FM2: British and American Film 30%

This unit focuses on two key aspects of Film Studies:

* Producers and audiences and the relationship between them

* The role of macro features of film (narrative and genre) in constructing meanings.

These will be studied in the context of two national cinemas - those of the UK and the USA., including:

  • A comparative study of Halloween and Scream
  • A study of British Cinema in the Swinging Sixties

2 hour 30 minute examination.

Future opportunities

There is a huge range of courses available to students who would like to continue Film Studies at university, from practical film making degrees to courses that apply critical and theoretical approaches to film. Students have gone on to enjoy careers in film and media production, film marketing, arts and events management and teaching.

Further information

Film Studies is a well established, academic subject, supported by the British Film Institute. Exam results at Weatherhead are excellent and many students go on to study Film or Screen Studies as part of their degree. Students have the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics while on the course and will be supported by a team of staff with a broad subject knowledge and industry experience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year