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Film Studies A Level at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

The course focuses solely on Film and the Film industry which differs from the much broader AS Media Studies. AS Film Studies has a greater emphasis on film analysis and students who take the subject must be prepared for a subject that is intellectually challenging. Students study various aspects of the international and UK film industry across the two years.

This course 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 twenty-first century. It will build on the cineliteracy learners have developed informally since childhood. They will study film in a wide variety of contexts and engage in a range of different types of film. They will have a chance to expand their skills of written analysis while also getting the chance to develop creative and practical skills.

Course content

Students complete 4 modules across two years as follows:


FM1 Exploring Film Form and Filmmaking.
Students produce two pieces of coursework on the technical and conceptual aspects of filmmaking (1 written, 1 practical)

FM2 British and American Cinema.
Three questions across three separate sections:
- Section A: Producers and Audiences
- Section B: Topics on British film
-Section C: US film - a comparative study of two films

A2 Modules

FM3 Film Research and Creative Projects
Students undertake a small scale research project and a practical creative project

FM4 Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates
Three questions, across three separate sections;
- Section A: World Cinema
- Section B: Spectatorship Topics
- Section C: Single Film- Critical Study

Entry requirements

AS Film Studies students are recommended to have a B grade in English Language at GCSE. A range of A–C grades in subjects such as History, Sociology and Business Studies would be of advantage.


- Internally assessed coursework – 20%
- 2 hour and 30 minute written exam – 30%

- Internally assessed coursework – 20%
- 1 hour 45 minute written exam – 30%

Future opportunities

A Level students will, it is hoped, use the course as a stepping stone onto a degree course in a film related subject, which should in turn open up opportunities for them in the varied film job market: Film, TV and radio production, Advertising and marketing, Web design/ new media technology, Photography, Film production, Other careers can also be pursued including teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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