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Film Studies A Level at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Course description

At AS, the main focus is Hollywood and British Cinema. You’ll cover the history of film from its origins in 1895 up to the present day, and you’ll make close textual analysis of a number of key films.

At A2, you’ll study national cinemas and influential film movements. Throughout the course you’ll gain understanding and enjoyment of a wide variety of films. There is scope to analyse and explore films, filmmakers and actors that appeal to you and you’ll be able to produce coursework projects centred on people and texts that you are passionate about.

You will need a high level of enthusiasm for film and an interest in undertaking detailed film analyses for both the coursework and the exam.

Course content

You will focus on:

  • Exploring ‘film language’, narrative and genre
  • Hollywood and British film industries
  • A British film topic
  • American film - comparative study
  • World cinema
  • Film text and spectatorship e.g. film documentaries
  • Single film and close critical study
  • The history and politics of film 

You will also be presented with opportunities to attend film screenings and a trip to London to visit the BBC, British Film Institute and Warner Bros. Studios.

Entry requirements

C grade or above in GCSE English Language.


Awarding Body – WJEC

40% coursework and 60% examination at AS

50% coursework and 50% examination at A2

Future opportunities

Many former students have gone on to study at the finest universities for Film Studies. Some have joined the film and television industry working in the UK and abroad.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Norfolk Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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