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Film Studies A-Level at Oakgrove School

Course description

This is an A-Level course in Film Studies, consisting of 4 units.

Course content

Foundation Portfolio in Film: 

Students will produce a portfolio consisting of: 

  • A textual analysis of two contemporary English language films
  • Evidence of planning for a creative artefact
  • A creative artefact An evaluation of the work produced

Film Text and Context:

  • In this unit students will develop an appreciation of how meaning is communicated in films. Students will also develop an understanding of how cinema works as an industry and how film works as a medium of communication. Students will also investigate two historical time periods in cinema and knowledge of this will be tested in the exam.

Creative Investigation in Film:

Students will create a portfolio consisting of:

  • Independent research into a topic within the field of film studies
  • Evidence of planning for a filmed sequence
  • A filmed sequence
  • A critical evaluation of the filmed sequence

Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives:

  • In this unit students will assess and extend their knowledge and understanding of issues and debates in the world of cinema. Students will explore the ideological, historical and social contexts in which global films operate and demonstrate this understanding by applying key concepts and critical approaches.


Year 12 Exam: Film in Text and Context

  • 50% AS, 25% A2 qualification
  • Section A Contemporary English Language Film - 1 question of a choice of two (40 Marks)
  • Section B Cinema in Context - 2 questions from a choice of four topic areas (2x 30 marks)

Year 13 Exam: Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives

  • 25% of the full
  • Advanced GCE qualification Messages and Values in Global Film (Non-English Language Film)
  • Section A - one compulsory question based on two non-English language films studied in lessons (50 marks)
  • Section B - Critical Engagement with Film and Cinema (no language restrictions) -one question from a choice of three topic areas (50 marks) Total 100 marks

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years