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Film Studies A Level at Knole Academy

Course description

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th Century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of different films from a variety of genres, countries and eras. Students will also have the opportunity to make a short film, which is always a popular part of the course. Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learner's study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different countexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmaking and screenwriting. This is intended to enable learners to create high quality film and screenplay work as well as provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.

Course content

Component 1:  Varieties of film and filmmaking

Component 2:  Global filmmaking perspectives

Component 3:  Production (Coursework)


COMPONENT 1:  Varieties of film and filmmaking (Written examination: 2 1/2 hours) 35% of qualification.

Section A:    Hollywood 1930 - 1990 (comparative study)

Section B:    American film since 2005 (two-film study)

Section C:    British film since 1995 (two-film study)

COMPONENT 2: Global filmmaking perspectives (Written examination: 2 1/2 hours) 35% of qualification

Section A:    Global film (two film study) One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two global films.

Section B:    Documentary film. One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.

Section C:    Film movements - Silent cinemas. One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one silent film or group of films.

Section D:    Film movements - Experimental film (1960-2000) one question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one film option.

COMPONENT 3: Production (30% of qualification)

Learners produce:

*  Either a short film (4 - 5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600 - 1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay.

*  An evaluative analysis (1600 - 1800 words).


Entry requirements

Five or more GCSE qualifications at grade 4 or above including Maths and English at grade 4.

Future opportunities

Please contact your school career advisor.

Further information

Mr Turner, Assistant Principal / Head of Sixth Form.  Knole Academy

How to apply

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Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years