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Film Studies A Level at St Vincent College

Course description

Films have an important part to play in popular culture, representing both our desires and our dreams. They also play a major part in shaping and designing our society. You will learn to approach film from a number of perspectives, examining the roles we play as spectators and consumers and the production of film as an industry.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1: FM1 Exploring Film Form (Coursework) 

• One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of your own choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words)
• One creative project based on a film sequence or short film

Unit 2: FM2 British and American Film

(External Assessment 2½ hours Written Paper)
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

A Level

Unit 3: FM3 Film Research and Creative Projects (Coursework)
• A small-scale research project
• Creative project, product and reflective analysis

Unit 4: FM4 Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates (25 % External Assessment: 2 ¾ hour Written Paper)

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

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A* – C which MUST include English Language


Examinations and coursework

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• All students have access to our enrichment programme including Cinema Club, and Film-making Club
• BFI trip to London
• Multiplex and art house cinema visits
• Film challenge and festival competitions
• Trip to New EuroDisney, Paris and Brussels

Future opportunities

To highly popular film and media-related courses in Higher Education, and many other non-media degrees

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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