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A Level Film Studies at Matthew Arnold School

Course description

AS level Film Studies teaches students the rudiments of filmmaking, production and marketing. This is done firstly through the critical analysis of different genres of film and then applying the findings to their own practical film work, usually through storyboarding a key sequence of a studied genre. Students will also study the differences between Hollywood and British film industries, using case study films to illustrate these differences. During the A2 course, the focus shifts towards world cinema and the practical application of the techniques learned at AS level through film making or screenplay writing.


Unit 1 - Exploring Film Form – 2 pieces of coursework 20%
Unit 2 - British and American Film - written exam 30%

Unit 3 - Film Research and Creative Projects – 2 pieces of coursework 25%
Unit 4 - Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates – written exam 25%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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    • Students have their own centre with its dedicated study room, common room and computer facilities. Sixth Form students are encouraged to play an active part in the wider life of the school taking advantage of a broad range of enrichment activities including enrichment days, sport, music and drama. Students are also expected to contribute to the wider community through a Community Service programme and assuming roles of responsibility within the school. OFSTED found that “Sixth form students are positive role models within the school and make a good contribution to the school’s ethos, supporting teachers in modelling excellent behaviour and conduct.

      We offer a comprehensive selection of A level subjects, from traditional courses through to newer subjects such as film studies, photography and computing. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with an excellent record in A level success.