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Film Studies A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

If you have a passion for film and want to develop a closer understanding of film language, theory and the film industry, then this is the course for you. Film Studies focuses entirely on the study of film, whilst exploring the impact of the social, historical and political context on its production by studios and reception by audiences.

Course content

AS Film Studies

Unit 1 – FM1: Exploring Film Form: this unit is assessed via coursework and consists of two sections
- an analysis of how micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film produce meaning and responses
- a creative project based on a film sequence or short film with a reflective

Unit 2 – FM2: British & American Film (30%): this unit is a two and a half hour written exam split into three sections, candidates having to answer one question from each section
- Section A: Response to stimulus set by exam board on producers and audiences of film
- Section B: Topics in British Film
- Section C: US Film – comparative study of two films

A2 Film Studies

Unit 3 – FM3: Film Research & Creative Projects: this unit is assessed via coursework and consists of two sections
- a small-scale research project
- a creative project with a reflective analysis

Unit 4 – FM4: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues & Debates: you will study two texts, at least one of which must be poetry. Together with your tutor you will devise a coursework assignment comparing your two chosen texts.
- Section A: World Cinema topics
- Section B: Spectatorship topics
- Section C: Single Film – Critical Study

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in English.


In addition to learning about theoretical concepts via lessons involving group work, paired analysis and discussion of specific theories and debates, you will also create films using HD cameras and a range of professional editing programs such as The Adobe Suite and Final Cut Pro.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Film Studies demonstrates your ability to analyse and discuss form and content, issues and ideas. These are highly prized skills relevant to a range of career options. Those intending to continue into higher education will find it of particular relevance to arts and humanities subjects. Opportunities in a variety of careers in film and arts industries can be opened up via this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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