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Film Studies AS/A-Level at Ravens Wood School

Course description

Film is part of the largest export of the United States of America’s entertainment industries. The critical study of films as texts and of their contexts is a highly transferable academic skill, which develops a range of other skills from literacy to ICT. If you are passionate about film, you can now turn your enthusiasm to your academic advantage. This A level is definitely for the film buff.

Course content

This course will extend your knowledge by introducing you to a wide range of films, cover technical knowledge of filmmaking techniques, consider the academic discipline of film theory and criticism, offer you an opportunity to be creative with practical work, study the processes and practices of the film industry and enhance your knowledge and appreciation of film.

Topics of study in Year 12 may include:

  • Spectatorship studies – how and why audiences respond to film
  • Exploring film form – mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, sound, narrative performance and genre
  • Practical work
  • US and UK film production, distribution and exhibition
  • British cinema study

Topics of study in Year 13 may include:

  • Free-choice research into key directors, producers or stars and their films
  • Production work, such as short film-making or screenwriting
  • Study of emotional response to popular cinema looking at how and why film generates an emotional response
  • Contemporary world cinema

Entry requirements

B or above in English Language and English Literature.


Year 12

Unit 1: FM1 20% (40%) Internal Assessment One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of the candidate’s choice produce meanings and responses. One creative project based on a film sequence or short film sequence or short film/reflective analysis.

Unit 2: British and American Film Exam FM2 30% (60%) External Assessment 2 ½ 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.
  • Section B: Topics in British Film.
  • Section C: US Film – Comparative study of two films.

Year 13

Unit 3: FM3 25% Internal Assessment

  • Film Research and Creative Projects.
  • A Small-Scale research creative project.

Unit 4: FM4 25% External Assessment: 2¾ hour written paper.

  • Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates.
  • Three questions, one from each section:
  • Section A: World Cinema topics
  • Section B: Spectatorship topics
  • Section C: Single Film – Critical Study

Future opportunities

This may well indicate a future academic or career direction. Film Studies has been studied at international universities since the 1960s and can lead to a variety of careers on both sides of the camera, including writing and journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ravens Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years