Film Studies A Level at St Laurence School
This course will enable you to:
Explore a wide range of film forms and film styles developed in different places through the
history of cinema;
Develop your skills in critical observation, analysis and personal reflection;
Consider how film creates meaning, and generates both intellectual and emotional
Consider issues of the production and consumption of film;
Engage with contemporary debates relating to the culture of film, such as the dominance of
Hollywood and the place for indigenous cinema;
Extend your knowledge of contextual (social, political, cultural, historical) contexts and
assess how they contribute to meaning;
Develop your creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form.
Film Studies is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the
major art form of the twentieth century, and builds upon the cine-literacy that students have been
developing informally since childhood. At this stage in the twenty-first century, film offers rich new
means of expression and exhibition, and students will be expected to engage with this.
In order to study this subject it is essential that you are interested in – even passionate about - film.
You will need good pass qualifications in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. You will
need to be prepared to study critically film deriving from various production contexts and
experienced in a variety of different viewing situations. You should be prepared to analyse the texts
you see and hear, and to communicate your ideas in discussion and essay writing; in this way, Film
Studies is similar to an English A Level course in that it is predominantly about analysing meanings
and effects on viewers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Laurence School directly.