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Film Studies A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

Film Studies is a fascinating and highly rewarding subject. Film Studies will not take anything away from the pleasure of being part of the cinema-going audience; indeed, it should enhance that experience by equipping you with the essential tools for analysing and criticising films, and the wider knowledge of the institutional factors which dictate the way in which films are made. In addition, the practical elements of making meaning on screen through digital video production are explicitly taught, discussed and put into practice as part of assessment at A Level.

Course content

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films and one compilation of short films.

• Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
study) – focus on contexts and the idea of the auteur.
• Section B: American Film Since 2005 (two-film study) – focus on spectatorship and ideology.
• Section C: Documentary Film (reference to one documentary film) – a focus on cinematic debates and representations of the ‘real’.
• Section D: Short film – (reference to a compilation of short films)

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved at least one grade 5 in an English GCSE, either English Language or English Literature.


70% Written public examination
30% Practical internally assessed coursework:
• Component 1: Varieties of Film & Filmmaking
Written examination: 2½ hours
35% of qualification
• Component 2: Global Filmmaking Perspectives
Written examination: 2½ hours
35% of qualification
• Component 3: Production
Non-exam assessment
30% of qualification

Future opportunities

Film Studies is a highly regarded A Level at institutions of further education where courses such as Media, Journalism, Broadcasting and Production are offered at BSC/BA degree level. In addition, students hoping to teach Media in schools and colleges in the future are able to use Film Studies as a stepping stone into a PGCE course for initial teacher training. Since Film Studies asks you to analyse and criticise film, candidates develop personal, academic, practical and creative skills through the study of film, it is useful for anyone looking to advance a profession in the film making and broadcasting field.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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