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Film Studies A Level at Bishop Ramsey C of E School

Course description

Film and cinema have been a major art form for over a century. Those who study Film characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective.

Course content

At the root of all film studies is the recognition that they are made: they are constructed using a range of elements - cinematography, mise-en-scene, sound, editing and performance (the key elements of film form) - which are organized structurally in terms of narrative and often genre (the structural elements of film form).

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature Grade 5 or above.

Please note, for component 3 students who wish to make their own film will be required to have the necessary equipment and software in order to film on location and edit at home.


Component 1: Varieties of film and film making

Written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes - 35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)

Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)

Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study)

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

Written exam - 2 hours and 30 minutes - 35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent)

Section A: Global film (two-film study)

Section B: Documentary film

Section C: Film movements - Silent cinema

Section D: Film movements - Experimental film (1960-2000)

Component 3: Production Non-Exam assessment

30% of qualification

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis

Learners produce either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screen play for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay an evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words)

Core Study Areas

All films across components 1 and 2

Key elements of film form

Meaning and response

The context of film

Specialist Study Areas

Within components 1 and 2

Spectatorship, narrative, ideology, Auteur, critical, debates and theories.

Future opportunities

Learners can progress in to the Film Industry or a range of media industries including: web content and video, advertising, journalism and TV. They can also progress to Higher Education in Film Studies, or indeed create their own small production company.

Further information

Please contact Mrs Oldfield at the school

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ramsey C of E School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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    • To enrol on a 3 A Level programme of study at least five GCSE's at grade 9 to 4 (two of which must be a 6 or above) including English and Mathematics, will be required.

      Individual course requirements must also be met and the Sciences, Maths and PE have an induction tests . Requirements are clearly stated in the Course Guide on the school website.

      Students may start on four A Levels and drop to three once they have determined their strengths (usually in the second half term of Year 12). Some students do finish all 4 A Level. courses.

      The Extended Project Qualification will also be an option for some students.

      We are also offering a Creative Pathway where students may choose 2 or 3 A Levels from Art, Drama, Photography and Film Studies. Entrance requirements could be met if a portfolio of work is sufficiently good and demonstrates ability to complete the course.