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Film Studies GCE AS/A Level at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Film can be argued to be the major art and cultural form of the twentieth century and of great significance at the beginning of the new millennium. 'Cineliteracy' is something you have been developing since childhood. The AS/A2 level film studies is designed to deepen the way you understand, appreciate and enjoy film, building on your existing knowledge and interest.

Course content

You will study cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. You will look at a wide range of films and styles and develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection through film viewing, discussion, classroom activities, student presentations and your own research. In particular you will explore the relationship between the film 'text' and the spectator using different critical approaches. These include genre and authorship, how messages and values are inscribed in films as well as issues of production and consumption, censorship and culture.

Entry requirements

You will need an average GCSE profile of 5.5 including GCSE English at grade 5.



  • 2 pieces of coursework: 1 written analysis, 1 piece of practical creative work (including film making) – 20%
  • a written exam on the film industry, topics in British film and US film (2 hours 30 mins) – 30%


  • a coursework portfolio: research project and creative work (including screen play writing) – 25%
  • Written examination: world cinema topics, spectatorship topics, single film critical study (2 hours 45 mins) – 25%

Future opportunities

Taken in conjunction with other A Levels, Film Studies provides a strong base for progression to undergraduate studies in film theory, film criticism and film history as well as humanities, cultural and media studies and art. It relates to careers in journalism, research, the media and media related industries.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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