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Film Studies AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College

Course description

Many modern films open with a scene without dialogue and yet, without being explained who is doing what and why, we understand a lot of what is going on. Having watched many different films we have unconsciously developed an understanding of film language.

A level Film Studies is really about studying and understanding that process. It works at all levels: in a scene, the director’s choice of lighting and camera angles, for example, determines our perception of characters. In the film as a whole, we make guesses about characters’ motivations and actions based on our knowledge of other films in the same genre. At the level of the film industry as a whole, we have different expectations about a mainstream Hollywood film or an independent British production.

Course content

This is a two year A Level course, which is taught for two lessons a fortnight as an enrichment A Level. The course consists of the following topics:

AS Level (Year 12)

Unit 1 Exploring Film Form (a) Analysis of micro aspects of chosen film extract (b) Creative project based on a film sequence or short film

Unit 2 British and American Form (a) Producers and Audiences of Film (b) Topics in British Film (c) Comparative Study of two American films

A2 Level (Year 13)

Unit 3 Film Research and Creative Projects (a) Small scale research project (b) Creative project Unit 4 Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates (a) World Cinema Topics (b) Spectatorship Topics (c) Single Film – Critical Study

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English

Students are expected to have gained at least a Grade C in GCSE English Language.


Units 1 and 3 are assessed through coursework (assessed by the teacher). Units 2 and 4 are examined units. Unit 1 is worth 40% of the marks for AS Level and Unit 2 is worth 60% of the marks for AS level. At A2, units 3 and 4 are worth equal marks.

Future opportunities

Film Studies can be used as one of a student’s A Levels which will allow them access to university to study for a Media/Film related degree or one of many other degrees. A degree can lead to graduate employment in many areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

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