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Film Studies at Carshalton High School for Girls

Course description

This course is designed to develop your interest in, and appreciation of, cinema, specifically through studying the film industry, film texts and how films are “read” by their audiences.  You will also study the differences between Hollywood films and “World Cinema”   through a range of Film case studies.  You will also learn film making techniques that you will use to create your own short films.

Course content

A Level Film Studies involves the study of film and the film industry exclusively. Students study units on British, American and world cinema. Students produce their own film projects in response to the units that they study, their knowledge of film and the film industry is also assessed through written examinations and coursework essays.

The most important qualities students need to take this course are a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in film, a willingness to explore new ideas and to communicate effectively and a willingness to work hard. It is necessary to have at least a grade B in GCSE English Language or Media Studies as well as 5 A* - C grades in total in 5 different subjects.

This course is designed to develop students’ interest in, and appreciation of, cinema, specifically through studying the film industry, film texts and how films are “read” by their audiences. Students will also study the differences between Hollywood films and “World Cinema” through a range of film case studies. Students also learn film making techniques that you will use to create their own short films.

Students will have a genuine interest in film and a willingness to look beneath the surface, analyse and write about the films that they are studying. A willingness to engage in group work and debate is important to develop the analytical skills and confidence. Teamwork is particularly important for film production and demands commitment, flexibility and reliability. Students must also be aware of the academic demands of the course. Film Studies is a largely academic course and the majority of the work students will be assessed on will be in the form of essays

Entry requirements

The most important qualities you need to take this course are a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the media, a willingness to explore new ideas and to communicate effectively and a willingness to work hard. It is necessary to have at least a grade B in GCSE English Language or Media Studies as well as 5 A* - C grades in total in 5 different subjects.

Assessment

AS Level

FM1  Exploring Film Form
 
This is a coursework unit which involves students writing an essay analysing an extract from a film of their choice.  They will also produce a creative piece based on a film sequence or short film.
 
FM2 British and American Film
 
This unit is assessed through an examination that has three sections.  Section A requires the students to respond to an unseen text; Section B requires students to answer questions the topic of the representations of social issues in two British Films; section C requires students to answer questions on the topic of a comparative case study of two American films.  
A Level
FM3 Film Research and Creative Projects
 
This is the coursework unit for A2, students will undertake a small scale research project and a creative project.  The projects do not need to be linked
 
FM4 Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates
 
Students will answer three questions based around separate case studies as follows:
Section A: World Cinema topics
Section B: Spectatorship topics
Section C: Single Film - Critical Study

Future opportunities

You can progress to a film or media related degree course or vocational training. Film Studies also provides you with a very broad range of transferable skills, both creative and academic, that would be of use in any number of career or higher education choices.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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