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Film Studies A Level at Farlingaye High School

Course description

The course gives you the chance understand the essence of the film industry, the nature of film production and the impact of the film experience on audiences.

You will be encouraged to consider a range of film styles, genres and topical issues.

You will also have the opportunity to create film sequences using your knowledge of the film-making process.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 Exploring Film Form

The student will need to independently choose one 3-5 minute sequence of film to analyse how meanings are produced and write a 1,500-word analytical essay.  The creation of a 2-3 minute sequence is also part of this coursework component.

You will also produce a 1000 word reflective analysis of how and why you constructed your sequence to create meaning for the spectator.

Unit 2 British and American Film

A response to stimulus material based on producers and audiences of film is required, looking in-depth at the industry through a variety of current and topical case study films.  

Topics on British film and a comparative US film study will complete this exam component.


A2 Level

Unit 3 Film Research and Creative Projects

A small-scale research project will be presented and a 3-5 minute creative project that could involve a film sequence or screen writing will be completed.

Unit 4 Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates

This unit will require written responses to areas including world cinema, spectator topics and a critical study of single film.


Entry requirements

(GCSE grades) English Language C


  • Unit 1 internal assessment, 40% of AS,  20% of A2 
  • Unit 2 written exam, 60% of AS, 30% of A2
  • Unit 3 internal assessment, 25% of A2
  • Unit 4 written exam, 25% of A2

Future opportunities

Film Studies overlaps with a broad range of subjects.  Due to its analytical demands, the creative side of constructing a text and the business and economic insight students will gain regarding the industry both here and abroad.

It can lead to a wide variety of university degree courses or towards media or communication employment opportunities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 June 2016
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