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Film WJEC AS and A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

The course balances the study of a range of film theories with practical application of the micro elements – mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing and sound – and macro elements – genre and characterisation – of film.

At the heart of Film Studies lies the exploration of the relationship between the spectator, the filmmaker and the film text.

Those who study Film Studies at A Level gain a critical appreciation of both film theories and practical filmmaking.

Studying Film will develop your skills in planning, research, close analysis, evaluating the influence of different social and cultural contexts, and film production.

Course content

AS Level:

  • Exploring Film Form
  • British and American Film

A2 Level:

  • Film Research and Creative Project
  • Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.

Specific entry requirements:

  • B in GCSE English.


AS Level:

Exploring Film Form:

  • Two coursework tasks: one analysis of how meanings are produced in a chosen film extract; one creative project creating meaning through a photographic storyboard and a reflective analysis
  • 1500 words for analysis
  • 25 frames of a photographic storyboard
  • 20% of A Level

British and American Film:

  • Examination
  • Three analytical essays on
  1. Unseen stimulus from the film industry
  2. British film
  3. Comparative Study of American Film
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 30% of A Level


A Level:

Film Research and Creative Project:

  • Two coursework tasks: one research project on a chosen film director and their filmography; one short film production with accompanying reflective analysis.
  • 2000 word presentation script
  • 5 minute short film
  • 25% of A Level

Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates:

  • Examination
  • Three analytical essays on
  1. World Cinema
  2. Spectatorship
  3. Single Film Critical Study
  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • 25% of A Level


Future opportunities

Film Studies is a subject that can lead into many different careers, including; the media, journalism, advertising, acting, teaching, publishing and PR.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.