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Film Studies A Level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

Film Studies is designed to introduce A level learners to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses films can generate. This course therefore offers opportunities to study mainstream American films from the past and the present as well as a range of recent and contemporary British films, American independent films and global films, both non-English language and English language.

Course content

The subject content for A-level Film Studies is divided into three components:

Component 1: Varieties of film and filming
4 American films and 2 British film are studied in this exam.

Component 2: Global film making perspectives
Global film, documentary, silent film and experimental film are all studied for this exam.

Component 3: Practical film making or screenplay
Film Studies teaches you to understand how films are made. You will learn about the stylistic and thematic differences between mainstream Hollywood productions and independent films; British and European films and world cinema.. The course will teach you how narratives are constructed and the ways that spectators and audiences interact with films. You will study contemporary and historical films from an analytical standpoint. The course will enable you to understand how films can be located and identified within specific cultural, political and social contexts.

For coursework you will produce a practical filmmaking project which will extend your understanding of creative filmmaking through the short film format with a focus on technology and digital production.

Entry requirements

  • At least five strong GCSE grades, to include English Language
  • You do not need to have a GCSE qualification in Media or Film


Exam Board: EDUQAS

Component 1: 2 1/2 hour exam
Component 2: 2 1/2 hour exam
Component 3: Coursework

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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