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Film A Level (Block C) at St Simon Stock Catholic School

Course description

Year 12

Students are introduced to the core features of film, learning technical language in order to identify how directors utilise aspects such as cinematography, sound and performance to shape meaning for audiences. You will consider different key eras of film production and contexts such as the studio system of the classical era of Hollywood and how post-war Britain and the Thatcher-era influenced the movement of British Social Realism.

Over the 2 years, students are assessed through two exam components and one piece of coursework. Students will study American Film (such as Hollywood since the 1960s) and European Film (both British and non-English language film). 30% of the course will be assessed through the completion of one piece of coursework. For this, students study the medium of short film, looking at examples in order to recognise key conventions and apply them to their own production piece. Students will have the option of creating an extract from a film or a screenplay for the extract of a film along with a digitally photographed storyboard.

Year 13

Students continue work on both examination and the coursework components, examining Global cinema, documentary, silent film and post-modernism. During the second and final year of the A level, students finalise their coursework production for 30% of the total A level.


Course content

You will love it!  Film studies is a subject of increasing academic worth.  It teaches not only critical thinking and close textual analysis but develops technical and creative skills too.  Film studies students will encounter a diverse range of films while studying film as an aesthetic medium and how it generates meaning and responses.  They will also learn how to apply critical approaches such as the importance of authorship or context to their analysis.

Entry requirements

We require a 5+ in either English Language or English Literature.

Future opportunities

Film studies can lead to jobs in the industry such as production or research as well as areas such as education, journalism or jobs in art or media.  Several past students of this course are pursuing film as at least part – if not all – of their degrees and have found jobs such as: cameraman, film extra and numerous trainee teachers.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 11 October 2018
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Key information

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