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Film Studies A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

In Film Studies we explore how the moving image has maintained its position as one of the most significant cultural forms of the last century. In the first year of Film Studies students study British and American cinema and in the second move onto to explore World Cinema. We cover a wide range of theories and concepts related to the study of film and its place in society. The course examines the language and structures of film along with its social and industrial contexts. At its heart the syllabus recognises our love of popular film and extends our experience of alternative cinema. Student film making is at the centre of that process.

Course content

Lessons are a balance of dialogue, debate, analysis, research and practical work. There is an emphasis on building skills and confidence in the induction phase, leading to whole-class discussion, group work and independent study. We personalise all coursework assignments and students choose the films and directors they write about. An abiding passion for film is at the centre of all that we do.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, a grade C in English Language or in English Literature.


AS Level
FM1 Exploring Film Form – Coursework 40% of AS (20% of A Level) One essay analysis of micro ( e.g the role of setting, performance ,editing, cinematography)
aspects found in film and a creative project based on a film sequence or short film.

FM2 Exam: British and American Cinema: 60% of AS (30% of A Level) An exam on Producers and Audiences, American Film and British Film.
A2 Level FM3 Film Research and Creative Projects – Coursework 25% of A Level:a small-scale research project and a choice of writing your own screenplay or making your own film.

FM4 Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates 25% of A level. This is an exam on World Cinema, Spectatorship and the critical study of a single film.

Future opportunities

Careers in the Film Industry, Journalism, Marketing and the Media, Teaching, Performance, Graphic Design, ICT and other careers where the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation are in demand all integrate successfully with Film Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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