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Film Studies A Level at Brimsham Green School

Course description

The A-Level in Film Studies is designed to deepen your appreciation of film, the major art form of the modern age.

You will engage with a range of films from all around the world, both past and present. You will be offered the chance to explore how films create meanings and responses by looking at the range of relationships that exist between films and spectators, as well as studying the various artistic qualities that films possess.

You will develop critical, analytical and reflective skills. The course will contain a wide range of films and film-based theory, and combine group discussion and debate with research-based essay work and projects. Regarding coursework projects, students can write their own screenplay, design their own photographed storyboard, or make a short film (which can be either made individually or as a group).

If you love exploring the world of film – this subject is perfect for you.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1: Exploring Film Form

One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of candidate’s choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words) (30)

One creative project based on a film sequence or short film (50: sequence or short film (40)/ reflective analysis (10)

Paper raw mark total: 80

Paper UMS total: 80

Unit 2: British and American Film

Three questions, one from each section:

Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on producers and audiences of film(40)

Section B: Topics in British film (40)

Section C: US Film – Comparative study of two films (40)

Paper raw mark total: 120

Paper UMS total: 120

A2 Level (the above plus a further 2 units)

Unit 3: Film Research and Creative Projects 

A small-scale research project (40)
Creative project (60-45 product/15 reflective analysis)
Paper raw mark: 100
Paper UMS total: 100
Unit 4: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates 
Three questions, one from each section:
Section A: World Cinema topics (35)
Section B: Spectatorship topics (35)
Section C: Single Film – Critical Study (30)
Paper raw mark total: 100
Paper UMS total:100



Unit 1: Internal Assessment 20% (40%)

Unit 2:  External Assessment 30% (60%) 2 ½ hour Written Paper

Unit 3: Internal Assessment 25%

Unit 4:  External Assessment 2 ¾ hour written paper 25%

Future opportunities

This qualification provides a good foundation for the study of Film Studies or a related area at degree level, as well as being an excellent stepping-stone to other applied qualifications. It could also help students progress towards employment within the areas of film and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brimsham Green School directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016

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