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Film Studies at The Castle School

Course description

Film Studies has quickly grown in recognition and importance as an A Level and we are now excited to be able to offer this course as a full AS/A2. The course combines readily with Photography, Art, Theatre Studies, Media Studies, Modern Foreign Culture or English but can also make an interesting and useful contrast with less obviously related subjects. A lot of the skills in group work, research, analysis creative projects and presentation, are applicable to multiple courses and employment. Many leading Universities now offer Film Studies related courses, which can lead to a variety of exciting job routes.

The AS/A2 course is spilt into two units; half is a practical coursework project involving lots of independent research, planning, technical and creative work and critical self-evaluation with the other half being a 2 hour final exam. For Unit 1 students closely analyse the micro elements of two English language films producing a 2000 word assignment. They then plan and make a short film or a script that is followed by an evaluation. These skills are developed in Unit 3 where students create their own coursework hypothesis and study a wider range of films.

For the exams, theoretical aspects are covered in Unit 2 in Year 12 and include a textual analysis of two films along with a study of the 1970s – 2010s to assess and evaluate the changes in the film industry. In Year 13, Unit 4 covers foreign language films along with an in depth case study of one area of the film industry.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C in GCSE English.

A passion for films.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years