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Film Studies A Level at Southmoor Academy

Course description

Film Studies is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century. Students will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. They will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form.

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Unit 1: FM1
- 20% (40%) Internal Assessment
- One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of candidate's choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words) (30)
- One creative project based on a film sequence or short film (50: sequence or short film [40]/reflective analysis [10])

Unit 2: FM2 30% (60%)
- External Assessment 2½ hours written paper - British and American Film
- Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on producers and audiences of film (40), Section B: Topics in British Film (40), Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films (40)


Unit 3: FM3 25% Internal Assessment
- Film Research and Creative projects
- A small-scale research project (40), creative project (60 - 45 product/15 reflective analysis)

Unit 4: FM4 25% External Assessment:
- 2 hour written paper
- Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates
- Section A: World Cinema topics (35), Section B: Spectatorship topics (35), Section C: Single Film - Critical Study (30)

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English or English language. A genuine interest in and enthusiasm for all aspects of the media would be a distinct advantage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southmoor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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    • The Sixth Form at Southmoor is housed in a dedicated wing of Southmoor Academyl, completely refurbished and redesigned for our first intake in September 2014. Sixth formers enjoy their own café, open from 8.00am every morning and manned by our very own team of student Baristas, as well as study areas, a resource room, a computer suite, and classrooms furnished throughout with private study booths. All students have a locker to store their files in, and the newly refurbished toilets are for the exclusive use of Sixth Form students.