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FIlm Studies AS/A Level at Fortismere School

Course description

The AS and A Level in Film Studies is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the 20th century and a cultural form of great significance. Students will engage in a vast range of film texts, developing skills of: observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. Students who undertake this A-Level enjoy it enormously.

Course content

AS Units

FM1 - Exploring Film

FM2 - British and American Film

A2 Units

FM3 - Film Research and Creative Projects

FM4 - Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English and English Literature or Grade B in Media Studies.



FM1 - Exploring Film Form: Coursework - An essay analyzing how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of candidate’s choice produces meanings and responses (1500 words 30 marks) looking at mise-en-scene, editing, camera movement and shots, sound, performance. A creative project producing a digital photograph storyboard of a film sequence (50 marks)

FM2 - British and American Film: Exam 2hrs 30 mins - Three questions, one from each section.

Section A: Producers and Institutions- an investigation of the film industry and audiences through 9 different topics eg the star system, Hollywood Studio system.  Response to exam board stimulus material in the exam. (40 marks)

Section B: British Film eg ‘Borders and Belonging’ looking at ‘Dirty Pretty Things’ and ‘Ghosts’ or British film stars Julie Christie and Ewan McGregor are recent sample topics. (40 marks)

Section C: US Film- comparative study of two films (eg ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Platoon’ or ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘The Godfather’) (40 marks)


FM3 - Film Research and Creative Projects - Small scale research project on a topic of your choice (40 marks). Creative Project- Film Trailer or Short film (60 marks)

FM4 - Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates

Section A: World Cinema eg French New Wave, Italian Neo-realism, Mexican Cinema (35 marks)

Section B: Spectatorship Topics eg Documentary (35 marks)

Section C: Single Film Study eg ‘Fight Club’, ‘Talk To Her.’ (30 marks)


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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    • We have an outstanding and popular sixth form, with students joining us from a wide geographical area. Our students usually study four AS level subjects in Year 12 and, three or four A2 subjects in Year 13 for the full A level award.

      We support our students’ academic progress by a system of target setting and monitoring. We also provide excellent guidance for students, as well as additional mentoring for those making Oxbridge applications or preparing for BMAT and UKCAT (medical) or Law entrance exams. The vast majority progress on to university and a sophisticated guidance system ensures that they are well advised in their decision-making.

      We have a strong focus on school leadership and on students taking responsibility for their progress.