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Film Studies A Level at Highfields School

Course description

Film Studies at Highfields is an exciting new subject which you may not have studied at GCSE. It is not nec-essary to have done GCSE Film Studies to do A-Level. You will never look at a film in the same way once you have begun this course!

The course is designed to deepen students’ appreciation and understanding of film, a major art form of the 20th Century. Now film is over 100 years old and you will have the chance to delve into its history, studying influential movements and international film styles from the past and present. Recent new technologies have meant that film has become a method of self-expression that is accessible to a growing number of people—the youth of today are adults of the future and will need the ability to use this powerful tool for communication as well as to analyse and interpret its messages and values.

Not only will you benefit from learning an academic and theoretical approach to film but you get hands-on opportunities to experience the practical process of planning, shooting and editing your own short film. The department is fully equipped with HD and DV cameras and with the industry preferred editing software, Final Cut Pro.

Course content

AS Course content
Unit 1: FM1 Exploring Film Form
Unit 2: FM2 British & American Film
A2 Course content
Unit 3: FM3 Film Research & Creative Projects
Unit 4: FM4 Varieties of Film Experience: Issues & Debates


Unit 1: 20% Internal Assessment
Unit 2: 30% External Assessment (2½ hours written)
Unit 3: 25% Internal Assessment

Future opportunities

  • Film
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Politics

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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