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Film Studies at West Derby School

Course description

This course aims to extend students’ understanding of all aspects of Film. Whether you are interested in Hollywood blockbusters or World Cinema, this course will offer new cinematic experiences.

At AS level, you will be introduced to the key ideas and terminology of Film Studies, through your coursework, which will comprise a written analysis of a sequence from a film of your choice, along with a creative project which involves making an extract of a film in a small group, accompanied by a piece of analysis of the work written up on a blog. The exam in the summer involves three elements: a study of the film industry and its audience, particularly through the analysis of source material such as posters and websites, a study of how national or regional identity is represented in contemporary British films and a comparison of two American films from different historical periods.

At ‘A2’ the coursework again involves a mixture of individual work: a research project built around a film of your choice and group work: making a 5 minute film plus a DVD commentary.

For the A2 exam, you study Spectatorship and emotional response in film viewing, an aspect of World Cinema such as Urban stories, and finally a detailed case study of a single film.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs in different subjects including preferably a B grade in English Language

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 June 2014

Key information

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