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Film Studies A Level at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

The A-Level in Film Studies is designed to deepen your appreciation of film, the major art form of the modern age. You will engage with a range of films from all around the world, both past and present. You will be offered the chance to explore how films create meanings and responses by looking at the range of relationships that exist between films and spectators, as well as studying the various artistic qualities that films possess. You will develop critical, analytical and reflective skills.

Course content

The course will contain a wide range of films and film-based theory, and combine group discussion and debate with research-based essay work and projects. Regarding coursework projects, students can write their own screenplay, design their own photographed storyboard, or make a short film (which can be either made individually or as a group).

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths.


AS Level

Unit 1: Exploring Film Form- Internal Assessment 20% (40%) 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) Paper raw mark total: 80 Paper UMS total: 80

Unit 2: British and American Film – External Assessment 30% (60%) 2 ½ hour Written Paper Three questions, one from each section: 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) Paper raw mark total: 120 Paper UMS total: 120

A2 Level (the above plus a further 2 units)

Unit 3: Film Research and Creative Projects – Internal Assessment 25% • A small-scale research project (40) • Creative project (60-45 product/15 reflective analysis) Paper raw mark: 100 Paper UMS total: 100

Unit 4: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates – External Assessment 2 ¾ hour written paper 25% Three questions, one from each section: Section A: World Cinema topics (35) Section B: Spectatorship topics (35) Section C: Single Film – Critical Study (30) Paper raw mark total: 100 Paper UMS total:100

Future opportunities

This qualification provides a good foundation for the study of Film Studies or a related area at degree level, as well as being an excellent stepping-stone to other applied qualifications. It could also help students progress towards employment within the areas of film and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotswold Edge Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years