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Film Studies AS and A2 Level at Boston College

Course description

For anyone with an interest in gaining a greater understanding of the impact of the moving image on society. 

Study a range of film from America, the UK and across the rest of the world. The course concentrates on film analysis, comparing and contrasting films from different eras and industries. A creative component assesses a learner's ability to put their ideas into practice. 

If you finish the course after one year, you will achieve an AS in Film Studies. Completion of 2 years will results in a full A-Level in Film Studies. 

You can progress on to study Film at HE, and related disciplines such as Media and American Studies.

Course content

Component 1: American and British Film 

The module examines films from through American and British film history, comparing old and new movies. 

Component 2: Varieties of Film 

This module looks at different types of film, such as documentaries and films from across the world. 

Component 3: Production 

For this you will produce a creative project such as a short film or a screenplay for a short film. 

You will also get the chance to go on a variety of trips such as; Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden; film showings.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 5 and above) including English at grade B or above (New GCSE grade - 6 or above).


Formal assessment takes place through Coursework and Exams. In AS you will complete a coursework portfolio including a 1500 word analysis and a piece of creative work (either written or photographic). The Exam lasts 2 ¼ hours and you answer three essay questions. Alongside these you will complete various assignments and tests throughout the year. 

In A2 you also complete a coursework portfolio which includes a research project and a piece of written creative work. The exam is 2 ¾ hours, with three questions.

Future opportunities

Film Studies is designed to increase your analytical and written skills and is therefore particularly relevant for those who want to progress to HE studying Film or a related subject (such as Media, English and Communications).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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