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Film Studies A level at Hartismere School

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What is in the course?
This course is designed to deepen understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. You will study Cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. The course aims to develop students' interest in and appreciation of cinema through the study of the language of film and the process of reading film.


Course content

WJEC Film Studies 

AS One Year Course
Unit 1: Exploring Film Form (Coursework)
* One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of your choice make meanings (1500 words)
* One creative project
Unit 2: British and American Film (Exam)
Three questions, one from each section:
Section A: Response to source material based on producers and audiences
Section B: Topics in British Film
Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films

A Level Two Year Course
Unit 3: Film Research and Creative Projects (Coursework)
* a small-scale research project
* creative project
Unit 4: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates (Exam)
Three questions, one from each section:
Section A: World Cinema topics
Section B: Spectatorship topics
Section C: Single Film - Critical Study

What can you expect from the lessons? 
Lessons will be in different formats including teacher led discussions, film sessions and activity lessons to assist in coursework e.g. the practicalities of the production of film.

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade A*, A, B or C.


Assessment is through a mix of coursework and exam. 

Future opportunities

Film Studies makes a good fourth subject and provides a sound basis for university study in Film, Media and many other technical and artistic areas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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