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Film Studies A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

Film Studies reframes our understanding of film. Students will study the construction of a variety of film texts and how meaning is produced through specific focus on cinematography, sound, editing, mise-en-scene and performance. 

Course content

For the exam component of the course, there will be an emphasis placed on the financial significance of film in the UK and across the globe, through an in-depth study of the film industry. Alongside this, students will compare both UK and US films in terms of the messages and values represented in the specific case studies. The coursework consists of a written analysis of a film and a creative product of the students’ choice.

Entry requirements

Anyone who is interested in working in the media, or who wishes to study an Arts
course at degree level. You should enjoy reading widely and have an analytical, critical mind because this course is academically rigorous. You will need six full GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English Language.


There are two modules at AS in the fist year and two more in year two for Advanced
Level. The course is 40% coursework and 60% exam. The coursework provides the
opportunity to explore film as a storytelling medium with students completing a
portfolio of analysis and their own creative work. The examination module focuses
around Hollywood & British cinema, with comparative analysis of case study texts.
There is also a question relating to the film industry in relation to the case studies covered in class.

Future opportunities

Employment, training or Higher Education, particularly in a critical thinking related
subject with an emphasis on cultural practice.


Further information

Contact Name: Sam Rouse Curriculum Leader - Arts
Contact Email:

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: FSAS-DJA118
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