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Film Studies A-Level at Smestow School

Course description

A-level Film Studies involves the study of a wide range of films, focussing on developing students awareness of how media institutions seek to engage with their audiences and develop students skills of media literacy . The course is as much focused on issues surrounding the business of film and the historical and sociological contexts of film as it about studying films in themselves

Course content

Year 1 For the coursework unit you will:  Study aspects of film language – learning about the use of the camera / editing / mise-en-scene / sound / performance – this will be done through studying a range of extracts from different films  Develop essay writing skills  Develop the skills necessary for successful video production – using the cameras, using the editing software  Evaluate your skills development and the success of your production For the exam unit you will:  Study the range of different ways in which films work with their audiences  Study the development of cinema – from the first short films in 1895 to the beginnings of narrative film in the 1910s  Study contemporary developments in the film industry – 3D, piracy, changes to release patterns. Year 2 At A2, you will produce a coursework project which involves research and film production – this is a student led project on an area of interest to the individual student. You will also study non-English language films – from countries such as Brazil (Elite Squad) and France (A Prophet). The work for this topic – Global Cinema – involves developing knowledge and understanding of the history of these countries and developing understanding of the current issues they face. You will also study the large and thorny issue of regulation and censorship. This work focuses on film regulation in the UK, the USA and China.

Entry requirements

On joining the course, students should have at least 5 GCSEs in grades A*- C. One of these GCSEs must be English Language. For students who have also studied GCSE Media Studies, they should have achieved at least a grade C.


The course is evenly split between 50% coursework and 50% exam at both AS and A2 level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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