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Film Studies AS at Warlingham School

Course description

This specification is divided into a total of 4 units, two AS units and two A2 units. The AS/A specification in Film Studies 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 first decades of the twenty-first century. The specification builds on the cineliteracy learners have developed informally since childhood. They will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. They will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners. In particular, the specification explores the relationship between the film and the individual by exploring how films create meanings and produce both intellectual and emotional responses. Additionally, the aesthetic and sensory qualities of film are emphasised as integral to a study of the interaction beteen films and spectators. Analysis is enabled by the application of critical approaches appropriate to this level, as well as through creative project work. The study of film producers and audiences explores issues of production and consumption: the supply of and demand for films. Some of the recurring debates within film culture will be explored. These include the global dominance of Hollywood, strategies for supporting indigenous film and the significance of fandom. The specification introduces students to the diverse range of film forms and film styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema. In giving students the opportunity to study significant film movements and aspects of national cinemas, it is intended that an interest in film culture will be fostered which can be taken forward in lifelong learning. As the only dedicated Level 3 specification in Film Studies, this contributes to the quality and coherence of provision nationally. With its emphases on visual storytelling and aesthetics, it extends areas of experience covered by literature and art history specifications. With its emphases on contexts of production and reception, and on cultual politics, it has close affinites with courses in Media and Cultural Studies. With its options in creative work, it opens up the study of film aesthetics and film form, as well as broader political and thical issues through experiential learning. Assessment Format Unit 1: Exploring Film Form FM1 20% (40%) Internal Assessment: One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of candidate's choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words) (30). Once creative project based on a film sequence or short film (50: sequence or short film [40]/reflective analysis [10]). Paper raw mark total: 80 Paper UMS total: 80 Unit 2: British and American Film FM2 30% (60%) External Assessment: 2½ hours written paper, three questions, one from each section: Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on producers and audiences of film (40). Section B: Topics in British Film (40) Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films (40) Paper raw mark total: 120 Paper UMS total: 120.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs including English

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Media Studies or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Film Studies, which could lead onto higher education to study Film Studies, related courses such as Media and Drama, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to film studies such as working within a film or TV production crew. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and production industries. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Media or English, to prepare for higher education in related courses or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to film such as working within a Film or TV Crew. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and production industries. Possible Careers and Higher Education: Media and Film Studies degrees, Cultural Studies, Film and TV studies, Broadcasting, etc. Career opportunities in film and tv but the course also has transferable skills such as analysis, business, marketing, etc, and could be suited to a range of jobs beyond visual arts.

Further information

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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